Historic Sites

Explore our history

Roscrea is a one of the oldest settlements in Ireland. Roscrea has historically been an important trading town. Explore the vast history our town has to offer.

Roscrea Castle

The original wooden castle was destroyed in the late 13th century and replaced with the current stone structure...

St Cronans Monastery

St. Cronan had originally founded a monastery at Sean Ross, a mile east of the town, but this proved too difficult...

Monaincha

The Holy island of Loch Cré and named the 31st wonder of the world in the Book of Ballymote and the island...

Damer House

Damer House an example of pre-Palladian architecture. This elegant three-storey Georgian house...

Round Tower & Mills

The Round tower in Roscrea is the oldest monument in the town itself and dates from the 10th century...

Mount Saint Joseph Cistercian Monastery

The area that the monastery now stands in was once land that belonged to the monks of Monaincha, granted...

St. Cronans Church of Ireland

The church we see today was built in 1812 on top of a previous church. We know very little about the old church...

St Cronans Roman Catholic Church

This church is one of the most picturesque sites in town set as it is beside the Moneen...

Franciscan Friary

The earliest references made to the Franciscan order in the town dates to 1470...

The Roscrea Pillar

The Roscrea pillar or the Timoney Stone as it is sometimes referred to...

The Leap Castle

There are varied accounts as to when exactly the main tower/keep was constructed...

Ballaghmore Castle

Ballaghmore castle is a landmark on the main Dublin road, just outside of Roscrea...

Cloncourse Castle

Cloncourse Castle is situated one mile from Ballaghmore Castle. Built by the O’Duigens in...

Ballinakill Castle

The ruins of Ballinakill Castle can now be seen on the main Dublin-Limerick road (N7) about six...

Gloster House

Gloster House is situated on the Roscrea-Birr road about 8-9 kilometers outside Roscrea. The Medhop family had...

The Methodist Church

Methodism was first brought to Roscrea by a man called Thomas Walsh between 1750 and 1760...

The Book of Dimma

The Book of Dimma is an 8th-century Irish pocket Gospel Book originally from the Abbey of Roscrea, founded by...

Roscrea Whiskey

Birches Distillery at Birchgrove, Roscrea began operations in about 1780. In a very short time a considerable...

Why Visit roscrea

Take a walk-through Roscrea ancient streets and you will be soon captivated by its character and ambiance. A safe and fun town Roscrea is perfect for the visitor who is looking to step off the typical tourist track and experience something special.

  • Experience: Local Culture
  • Reputation: Friendly People
  • Adventure: Beautiful Scenery

How To Get Here

With the popular M7/N7 motorway passing through Roscrea, getting here from Limerick or Dublin is just an hours drive away. As well as numerous public transport such as:

  • Bus
  • Train