Free things to do in Co. Roscommon.
Doctor Douglas Hyde Interpretative Centre,
Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon
Douglas Hyde was first President of Ireland and co-founder of Conradh Na Gaeilge (the Gaelic League). The interpretative, exhibition and information centre, is dedicated to this remarkable man and is housed in the church, where his father was rector.
Although born and reared in the Anglo-Irish tradition, Douglas Hyde was a scholar who was profoundly interested in the Irish language and traditions and published many works under the pen name "An Craoibhin Aoibhinn". His contribution to Ireland is traced through informative charts, books of his poems and prose, personalitems, letters, maps and photographs.
The churchyard contains the remains of the late President and other members of his family.
Entrance Free of charge. (Donation welcome).
Tel: +353 (0)87 7823751
King House, Main Street
Boyle, County Roscommon
King House is a magnificently restored Georgian Mansion located in Boyle, County Roscommon. It was built in the early 1700’s for Sir Henry King, whose family were one of the most powerful and wealthy in Ireland.
After its first life as a home, King House was converted into a military barracks in the 19th century for the famous Connaught Rangers regiment. At the end of Civil War in 1923 the barracks passed into the control of the newly formed Irish Free State Army.
Following many years as a merchants store, King House was saved from demolition in the late 1980s and restored to its former Georgian style by Roscommon County Council.
Open: Apr to Sep Tue to Sat 11.00 with last admissions at 16.00 / Also open Easter weekend, BH Sun and Mon during season.
Pre-booked groups welcome all year round.
The average length of a visit is 60 to 90 minutes, however visitors have been known to stay much longer than that!
Tel: + 353 71 9663242