Recreation


Development of facilities for the public.

Contents:
  1. Roscommon Town Park
  2. Athleague Angling Centre
  3. Slí na Sláinte
  4. Green Heartlands - Cycle Route
  5. An Táin - Cycle Route
  6. Miners Way - Historical Trail

Roscommon Town Park

Loughnaneane Park is a 14 acre recreational area situated in the north western area of Roscommon town bordered by the ruins of Roscommon Castle which is a dramatic and imposing 13th Century Norman Castle. The Park includes a crannog known locally as the Hill o' Bones, a wildflower meadow, bird walk, lake feature, mounds, children's playground and car park. The playground is a special facility within the Park. It has been designed to cater for children up to twelve years.

Roscommon Castle Playground

Athleague Angling Centre

The Suck Valley Co-Operative Society Ltd. run the Suck Valley Angling Centre based in the Old Church of Ireland, Athleague, on the banks of the river Suck, one of the best coarse fishing rivers in Ireland. The Centre houses an information centre, craft shop, gallery and coffee shop, all geared to the visiting angler. The Church of Ireland sold this Church to the Council in 1978 on the basis that it be used for the further development of the area. The Council entered into a long-term lease of the property with the Suck Valley Co-Operative Society Ltd. for a nominal rent. The Council will continue to support this valuable tourist facility.

Slí na Sláinte - Roscommon Town

Meaning "the way to health" Slí na Sláinte is an exercise incentive scheme originated by the Irish Heart Foundation. The objective of the scheme is to promote regular exercise in the form of walking. As a result of Roscommon County Council having adopted the scheme routes have been located in Roscommon and Strokestown towns.

The route around Roscommon Town covers 8 kilometres and is comprised of two 4 kilometre routes clearly signposted around the town. The Strokestown route is also 8 kilometres in length and begins at the Heritage Centre. From this point you can walk in the direction of Cloonfinlough Lake for 4 kilometres and then return by the same route for a total of 8 kilometres.

Green Heartlands - Cycle Route

The Mid-South Roscommon Leader Company, in conjunction with Roscommon County Council has developed a 137.2 mile long cycle route around south Roscommon in order to promote tourism and highlight some sights of interest around the area. The route covering Kiltoom, Kielty, Birchgrove, Ballyforan, Athleague, Roscommon, Knockcroghery, Derryglad and Four Roads attracts tourist attention to these parts of the County.
The route has been split into stages so that the cycle can be spread over 7 days with an average of 19 miles covered per day. This gives cyclists an opportunity to see the countryside and spend some time around the County thus encouraging further interest in the amenities the County has to offer.

An Táin - Cycle Route

Midlands-East Tourism in conjunction with Roscommon County Council have developed a cycling route through counties Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, Meath and Louth. It commences at Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon and can be followed out the county along the N5 as far as Tarmonbarry or along the N61 as far as Athlone. The cycle route follows the route of the route of the legendary Táin Bó Cuailgne or Cattle-Raid of Cooley.

Miners Way - Historical Trail

The planning and construction of this 110.5 mile long walking route, 39 miles of which are in County Roscommon was carried out under the co-ordination of a Committee comprised of representatives form Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo County Councils and a number of voluntary bodies in the catchment of the route. The walk forms part of the Cospoir approved national network of long distance walking routes. The route links with the existing Slí Liatroma long distance walking route at Dowra and stretches from there through the Arigna Mountains area via Arigna, Keadue and Ballyfarnon and onwards towards Knockvicar and on to Lough Key Forest Park and Boyle and from there it stretches outwards towards the Curlews via Ballinfad and Castlebaldwin and turns eastward at Castlebaldwin towards Highwood and back towards Arigna again.

The route is entitled the Miners Way/Historical Trail. The Miners Way to denote the fact that it covers the coal mining area of Arigna and Historical Trail as it follows the route taken by the Red Earl in the ninth Century. The route provides a challenging and interesting experience for walkers. It traverses a wide range of geographical landscapes ranging from mountains to lowlands. A detailed map guide, which highlights many sites of historical, geological and archaeological importance along the route is available.