Roscrea Travel Guide

  • Close-up on north wall.
    Close-up on north wall.
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  • View down the Mall.
    View down the Mall.
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  • Main gate to Franciscan Friary.
    Main gate to Franciscan Friary.
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Roscrea Things to Do

  • Roscrea castle.

    Unfortunately for us, the castle actually stopped opening a few days before our visit to Roscrea, so all I have are a couple of photos from outside and a Heritage Ireland website to show me what I missed.

  • Rosemary square. Roscrea.

    Rosemary square and Rosemary street that leads to it were probably after one of the daughters of The Damer family who built the Queen Anne house inside the courtyard of Roscrea castle. The square houses a fine fountain now, where once the county cattle fair and various circuses took place. This fountain stood originally a few hundred yards north at...

  • St. Cronan's monastery and church,...

    This is the other St. Cronans, not far from the centre of town on the Dublin road and easily walkable in a few minutes. The church itself dates from 1812, but the entranceway through which you must pass is all that is left of the 12th c monastery, itself rebuilt on the wooden building of St. Cronan. On the other side of the road is a round tower...

  • St Cronan's catholic church. Roscrea.

    After walking under the belfry of the Franciscan friary, a path leads south to St. Cronan"s catholic church. As St. Cronan is deemed to be the founder of Roscrea, probably in the 7th c, both sets of religions have laid claim to the name, as just on the way out of town there is the St. Cronan's church of Ireland cathedral.Between the friary and the...

  • Roscrea Franciscan friary.

    Just round the corner from Rosemary square is Abbey street which takes you to the Franciscan Abbey, to be exact, the ruins of it although the belfry is still in use. The Friary is built on the emplacement of a former building that was destroyed by the Friars in revolt and dates from around 1480/90. The belfry and this north wall are about the only...

  • Roscrea Castle

    I stumbled on this place accidentally while having a wander and waiting for my dad and step-ma to come out from mass. I only had about 20 minutes to have a quick look around, but for a student ticket of 1.30 euro I thought it was worth it.The complex is made up of a 13th century castle, the grounds of which house a Queen Anne style building called...

  • Damer House

    Located inside the grounds of Roscrea Castle, your ticket will cover entry to Damer House, a Queen Anne style building built in 1722 with local rubble sandstone.The house has had a varied past, as a private residence until 1798, then a military barracks before becoming a boy's school in 1906.By 1932 the building had become the Technical School.The...

  • World's Oldest Butter

    Titter ye not!This must be one of the most memorable things I've seen in Ireland, or potentially ever... (Although the Stamp Museum in Budapest could rival this one for general wierdness...)In Damer House, in the grounds of Roscrea Castle, you'll find a great round slab of some chalky looking stone. Except it isn't stone. This is the world's oldest...

  • Walk in the Park

    Glebe Park in Roscrea has very recently undergone renovation and is much improved.If you are in Roscrea and have kids, this is a great place. It's small but has a nice playground manufactured by a local company! :)The River Moneen runs alongside the park so you can take a seat and watch the river, and the world, go by. If you are spending a day in...


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  • by RussellHadd Written Nov 5, 2005

    I had a full Irish breakfast with a pint of ale. I returned four hours later to have my lunch with few more pints and then spent the afternoon watching the horses on the TV with the pub runner taking the betting slips up to Paddy Power's for a free 5 euro bet.

    Favorite Dish: Full Irish breakfast

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Roscrea Nightlife

  • Sorry but not recommended!

    I'm afraid I was not pleased with this pub. I ordered a drink but was astounted by the reaction of the landlord to the people who were there from Eastern Europe - without fail each was refused a drink for no apparant reason. On asking a fellow customer about this - I was told 'shut up or you'll be the next out the door'. I'll not be going there...

  • Roscrea at it's best

    This pub at the bottom of Castle Street was a great place. I was there every night but Crazy night on monday topped it all. I had a great time and didn't have to pay for a thing the locals were outstanding in their generosity. After I'd done my dodgy version of Mandy by Barry Manilow the punters were havinng the craic - believe it! Whaterver you...

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Roscrea Transportation

  • Landing in Ireland

    Shannon Airport in County Clare is a much closer option to Roscrea than Dublin but either can be used. JJ Kavanagh offers direct buses from both airports to Roscrea.To get into the Irish feel before you even arrive, fly with Aer Lingus (our national airline) or Ryanair.Ferries are also an option if you want to bring your own car. Irish Ferries,...

  • Getting into town

    Roscrea Train Station is a very old but charming building about 1km from the town centre. It is on Iarnród Éireann's Ballybrophy-Limerick line which is a commuter line. However, Dublin is easy to access as the trains to and from Ballybrophy are timed to coincide with Intercity services between Dublin and Cork. The trains have been improving...

  • Public Transport

    There are no local bus routes operating in the Roscrea area. However, the surrounding towns and villages (eg. Borris-in-Ossory, Nenagh, Moneygall, Toomevara, Mountrath, Birr, Templemore, Thurles) can all be accessed on Bus Éireann routes 12 and 71/76 which pass through the town.Fares are much more reasonable than the train and buses bring you right...


Roscrea Local Customs

  • by Bonzostar Written Jul 4, 2009

    Roscrea is a relatively small town and many people will know each other on the streets. Thus, it is very common to at least say hello to people you pass by. Certain people may not reply but don't lose heart- most people will react with much friendliness if you do say hello.

    Sometimes, the people will initiate a complete conversation on the streets but it is rare to shake hands and unheard of to kiss close friends. Many conversations start with something about the weather and take off from there.

    Keeping with the community spirits, events are regularly organised locally and these can only survive if people attend. If you do choose to visit a local event, you will be warmly welcomed and will feel at home immediately. Just show the people some respect, and they will show it to you.

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Roscrea Warnings and Dangers

  • by Bonzostar Written Jul 4, 2009

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    If you decide to bring your own car, always remember to buy a parking ticket (except after 18:00 and on Sundays).
    Some may lead to you the belief that you will get away with it because of the size of the town but in reality, the parking warden covers the distance of the town remarkably fast and will not hesitate to give you a fine if you have no ticket.
    The machines dispensing tickets are found in a variety of locations. You will never be far from one.

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Roscrea Off The Beaten Path

  • Monaincha Abbey.

    Originally a monastery built here in the 8th c, in the middle of a bog that was effectively an island. Replaced by the church you see here in the 1140 by Augustinian monks. The bog was drained much later and is now a cow-field. Once past the entrance there is a track leading across, but of course a cow's backside doesn't know this, so careful where...

  • Go for a Hike

    The Slieve Bloom Mountains are located in Counties Laois and Offaly and the mountains are within easy driving access of Roscrea. The villages of Camross, Kinnity, Cadamstown, Clonaslee and Rosenallis are all good bases to start from and you can enjoy as long as you want in the region. Whether you just want a short loop walk or a medium length...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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