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Discover Roscrea

The town of Roscrea is a beautiful example of a traditional market town, with a wide main street lined by shops and local businesses. Located in Co Tipperary near the Slieve Bloom Mountains, it lies at the point at which in ancient times, the five main Irish roads (the Slighe Dhála) converged. The name Roscrea comes from the Irish Ros Cré, meaning The Wood of Cré and anyone interested in Irish history will have lots to keep them busy in the town. The 13th-century Roscrea Castle and Damer House on Castle Street, houses temporary exhibitions and features a restored mill displaying the original St Cronan's high cross and pillar stone. Visitors can also visit St Cronan’s Church and round tower—of this 12th-century Romanesque church, only the west façade remains, and opposite it stands the round tower. Another important local landmark is the Franciscan Friary, founded in the 15th-century. Today Roscrea remains a centre for both Irish heritage and modern industry, including many modern companies and pharmaceuticals. With the Roscrea Leisure Centre complex and swimming pool on hand, it’s a great family destination for a holiday in Ireland. Nestled in the shadows of the mountains in the geographical centre of Ireland, is Roscrea Golf Club, an 18 hole parkland founded in 1892 (making it one of Ireland's oldest). For a more adrenaline-fuelled experience, try out Bike Park Ireland, a gravity-fed mountain bike park for beginners and pros in Ballingarry, Roscrea. With a tennis court, athletics club and badminton club, Roscrea is a vibrant mix of modern and historical attractions. Less than four kilometres from the town is Golden Grove Forest, where a loop of forest road and paths provides a very pleasant walk for all abilities. Visit Youghal Tourist Office to get some suggestions on planning your holiday.

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