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Roscrea lies in what is known as Ely O´Carroll Country embracing parts of Offaly, Tipperary & Laois, just south of the centre of Ireland.

Roscrea Facts

Position: Roscrea is situated at latitude 52°57'04N and longitude 07°48'06W.

Time Zone: Greenwhich Mean Time, with adjustment in summer of +1 hour.

About Tipperary

Administration: County in the south central part of the Republic of Ireland. The county seat is Tipperary town. Administratively, the county is divided into North Riding (its administrative center at Nenagh) and South Riding (its administrative center at Clonmel).

Geography: The region is part of the central plain of Ireland, but the terrain is diversified by several mountain ranges: the Knockmealdown, the Galtee, the Arra, and the Silvermine. The southern portion of the county is drained by the Suir River; the northern by tributaries of the Shannon, which widens into Lough Derg on the northern border. There is much fertile land, especially in the region known as the Golden Vale, one of the richest agricultural areas in Ireland. Dairy farming and cattle raising are the principal occupations. Other industries are slate quarrying and the manufacture of meal and flour. The county was long under the domination of the powerful Butler family (the earls of Ormonde). Antiquarian remains are found in Tipperary, particularly in the vicinity of Cashel.

Population: 132,772(1991)

Area: 1,643 sq mi (4,255 sq km)

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Ely O'Carroll Country

Roscrea lies in what is known as Ely O'Carroll Country embracing parts of Offaly, Tipperary & Laois, just south of the centre of Ireland. The O'Carrolls were a powerful dynasty in the region from the time of their first king O Cearbhaill in the ninth century, who claimed to be a descendant of a third century King of Munster. The O'Carrolls and other groups in the area are said to have emerged from an iron-age tribal group called the Eile, hence Elie O Cearbhaill or Ely O'Carroll.

The area offers the visitor an amazing array of breathtaking inland scenery. Vast tracks of bogland, rolling hills, meandering waterways and the wonderful tapestry of Irish farmland and forestry.


Some say the Roscrea Golf Course at Derryvale is one of the finest in the Midlands, with a full 18-hole, 5706 yard course, and a standard scratch score of 70. top


Roscrea Swimming Pool & Leisure Centre:
Roscrea Leisure Centre is home to the most spectacular swimming pool in the midlands. In addition the centre is equipped with modern gym equipment and fitness classes take place every day.  For more information, please click here

Take a quiet stroll or a hiking adventure through the Slieve Bloom Mountains in County Offaly, and visit the Slieve Bloom Display Centre in Kinnitty, which features a display of graphic illustrations, maps and photographs which trace the history, archaelogy, geology and wildlife of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Or walk the Silver River Nature Trail, which passes through unique & rare geological formations.Click here for more on Slieve Bloom Walking Club.  top


Step back in time and discover the ancient rocks, plants & rock formations of the Silver River Gorge in County Offaly, at the Silver River Geological Reserve top


Tour the Blackwater Bog of Offaly by rail and learn about the ever changing landscape with West Offaly Rail. top


Visit the medieval Roscrea Castle and Damer House with its fine pre-Palladian architecture and gardens. top


Enjoy the hospitality offered by the Cistercian monks at Mount Saint Joseph Abbey, which welcomes and invites guests to partake in the Daily Offices. Or visit what has been called Ireland's premier monastic site at Clonmacnoise. top


The equestrian centre at Grace's Stables caters for all levels of ability and experience, offering a cross country track or just a trot around the farm. top


Savour the craic & colcannon in the local pubs & restaurants, and see why the midlands really are the heart of Ireland. top


Great salmon & trout catches await in the waters of the Shannon River, Lake Ballaghmore, or the peaceful Brosna, all within a stone's throw away from Roscrea. top

More Information

For more detailed information, contact the Roscrea Tourism Development Association, located in Damer House, Castle Street, Roscrea

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