Doonshore House runs from the main
road to the shores of one of the most beautiful
lakes in Europe, Lough Key.
Boyle, (population approx 2,000), 3km
from Doonshore House, is strategically located at the foot of the Curlieu
Mountains, on the main Dublin/Sligo N4 route. The town's many historical
buildings and archaeological sites are of national importance.
Nearby are the
scenic lakes Lough Key, Lough Arrow and Lough Gara, which attract fishermen from
all over Europe, making the region one of the most popular angling destinations
in the country. The natural beauty of the countryside, the many facilities in
the area and the friendliness of the people contribute to making Boyle a highly
desirable place in which to live and work.
MUSIC AND CULTURE
Boyle has always
maintained a tradition for music. Performers in many different styles live
within the region, and perform in town venues throughout the year. The town has
its own colourful and dedicated junior Marching Band.
Boyle Arts Festival is a prestigious and internationally
incorporating display and performance of the very best national and
international music and art.
Boyle Musical Society and Senior Drama Groups
delight with performances every year.
Boyle Arts Festival is held every year during the week leading
into the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Boyle Arts Festival is highly regarded for
its group exhibition of contemporary Irish art, which every year features up to
50 of Ireland's leading artists and sculptors. The festival features a programme
of classical music with concerts by both young and established soloists,
ensembles and choirs. The festival also includes additional art exhibitions,
jazz, traditional and world music, drama, literature, storytelling and singers
nights, comedy, workshops and children's programmes.
Sporting interests are
well catered for. In Boyle you may follow your interests and partake in Gaelic
and Soccer football clubs, Golf, Tennis, Badminton, Squash, Fishing, Cycling,
and Junior Athletics, Walking etc.
Angling is a very popular activity
locally, and also provides an opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery of the
area. The rivers, lakes and streams carry an abundance of coarse fish including
pike, rudd, roach, bream and eel.
Key Boat Tours, based at Rockingham Harbour,
Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle. Enjoy the beauty,
tranquility and history of beautiful Lough Key during this
one hour cruise aboard the Trinity 50 seater luxury tour
Boat. Commentary includes information on the legend of Una
Bhan and the colourful legacy of Trinity, Church and
Castle Islands. Lough Key Boat Tours also hire rowing boats and engine
boats for fishing or pleasure plus special guided tours on
a 10-seater Glastron Power Boat.
Boyle Golf Club
nine-hole course situated quarter of a mile from Boyle. Full licensed bar, food
and club facilities. Open competitions each Friday evenings during the summer.
Boyle Curlew Walkers
The club is a very
active one, and there are organised walks every second Sunday,
usually around the Roscommon / Sligo / Leitrim area.
Doonshore House is an ideal base from which to
tour the region and explore the many
attraction to be explored and enjoyed
in the surrounding area.
regarded as the finest of the Cistercian churches to
survive in Ireland with the majesty of the south arcade
unparalleled elsewhere in the country. The Cistercian Abbey
was founded in
1161 by Maurice O'Duffy, it is the sister house to
the first Cistercian monastery in Mellifont.
the ancestral home of the O'Conors of Connaught,
descendants of last High King of Ireland and traditional
Kings of Connaught. Built in 1878, Clonalis House contains
a priceless collection of archival material relating to
the O'Conor family. The Coronation Stone and the 18th
Century Harp of Turlough O'Carolan, last of the Gaelic
bards are also to be seen.
Cruachan Aí Visitor Centre,
village of Tulsk, close to Cruachan, one of the most
important and best preserved Celtic Royal Sites in
Europe. An amazing array of archaeological remains are located
within a four mile radius of the centre, dating from the
Stone Age to the historic period, and these are
interpreted in our bright, modern exhibition rooms.
in the early 1700's to grind oats and wheat into
meal, for the local population, the mill worked for
approximately one hundred years and was then
abandoned. Wind permitting, regular demonstrations are
given. Features are the thatched revolving
roof and sails that are turned into the wind using
cartwheels on a circular track and is now the only
working windmill in the West.
Kitchen Museum & Bar: This museum is
a treasure-trove for enthusiasts and anyone interested in
by-gone days. On display is the largest private collection
in the country; bells, lamps, shunting poles, signal
equipment, staffs, station boards, etc. We also have a T.V
monitor for viewing archival material. Once you have visited the museum a visit to the bar is a
Douglas Hyde Interpretative Centre: Dr. Douglas
Hyde held office as the first President of Ireland for
seven years and when his presidential period ended, he
lived in retirement at the Phoenix Park, Dublin. On 12th
July, 1949 at the age of 89, he died. He was given a state
funeral to Portahard where he is buried.
Keadue (Ceideadh - which means low lying hill) is set
on the Arigna mountains scenic drive in a landscape
adorned by lakes and mountains. The village presents a
delightful picture with traditional houses, stone walls,
gardens, and window boxes. In 1993 and again in 2003 Keadue won the National Award in the
Tidy Towns Competition, as Ireland's tidiest
town and best kept village.
House, Boyle, was home to the Earls of Kingston until 1788,
and a military barracks for the Connaught
Rangers Regiment, and later for the
Irish Army. King House has a series of
exciting interactive exhibitions focusing on Gaelic
Ireland, the King Family and their time as landlords, the
construction of the house and its military history.
Bhan Rural Tourism: provide all-in
arrangements - covering accommodation and activities
throughout Roscommon county. Visitors are offered the
chance to experience the art of cheese making, sheep
shearing, brown bread making and visits to the local
sites. Una Bhan caters for a wide range of activities, so if its
a Golfing, Angling, Boating, Cycling, Walking or
Equestrian holiday, the Una Bhan region is a must. Their
adventure breaks offer a range of activities including:
horse riding, hill walking, wind surfing, shooting &
Park House: Strokestown
Park House is an 18th century mansion which
has been faithully restored. It is unique in that
it retains its original furnishings and
professionally guided tours allow visitors to
browse freely through the stately surroundings.
Famine Museum uses a combination of original documents
and images from the Strokestown Park collection to explain
the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840's.
This collection boasts an extensive range of papers
including actual letters written by the tenants on the
Strokestown Estate at the time of the famine.