As the birthplace of Percy French, Douglas Hyde and Matt Molloy, Roscommon has always had a strong affinity with culture, heritage and the arts.
Today you will find a wealth of festivals, historical attractions, performance and song and dance carrying on the tradition.
The Roscommon Arts Centre, Kings House, Strokestown House, Castlecoote House and Rathcroghan’s World Heritage Site are just a taste of what lies in store.
Close to Roscommon town is a small village of cultural significance, Ballymoe. Ballymoe is situated on the Galway/Roscommon border between the River Suck and its tributary, The Island River. It has many connections with famous historical people. In his book “From Bantry Bay to Leitrim” Peter Somerville-Large says that Ballymoe is believed to be 140 years older than Dublin. Queen Maeve of Connaught built a fort there and Fionn McCool sent his warriors there to search for game. Fr. Flanagan of Boystown was born July 13th 1886 at Leabeg, Ballymoe and is renowned for having set up Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska on December 12th, 1917. During the 1930's, Fr. Flanagan became an acknowledged expert in the field of childcare and toured the United States discussing his views on juvenile delinquency. In the USA, Girls and Boys Town provides, through youth care and health care programmes, direct care and treatment to more than 43,000 children at 19 sites in 15 states and the District of Columbia and extends outreach and training services to nearly 1 million children, families and professionals. Fr. Flanagan, who is currently the chairman of the Ballymoe Boys Town Association, helped lead the official "twinning" of Boys Town and Ballymoe in 2002. He continues to work tirelessly in the background to bring Fr. Flanagan's mission home to needy children in Ireland and has helped bring the first Irish youth into the Girls and Boys Town Programme in America.