Houses for Sale Roscommon
Local Area Guide
House buyers in Ireland would do well to put Roscommon towards the top of their list as a place to buy property. The western county is a region of spectacular beauty and ancient secrets. In Irish mythology, Roscommon was the home of the great ruler of Connacht, Queen Medb, before becoming the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Today, it is a county proud of its ancient past and with a thriving tourism industry working alongside its busy business, arts and agricultural communities. But particularly advantageous for home-hunters, it also remains one of the cheapest areas to buy property in Ireland.
So, if you’re hoping to buy a house or land among the Rossies, read on for the lowdown on what to expect.
Landlocked County Roscommon shares its border with Galway to the southwest, Mayo to the west, Sligo to the north, Leitrim to the northeast, Longford and Westmeath to the east and Offaly to the southeast.
Boasting easy access to all these counties, it’s also only 90 minutes from Dublin Airport by motorway, and accessible by commuter rail services to Ireland’s capital city. The N4 national primary road from Dublin to Sligo cuts through the north of Roscommon, while the Galway to Dublin M5 motorway passes along the southern tip.
Shannon Airport is also a 90-minute drive away. But for those who may need to commute abroad on a regular basis, the fact that Ireland West Airport, Knock, is literally on the county’s doorstep and a mere 20-minute drive from the Roscommon town, will prove a big bonus.
Work Possibilities in Roscommon
According to the most recent census, the county has a population of approximately 65,000 people. Most are dispersed between the bustling towns of Athlone (a town shared with county Westmeath), Boyle, Frenchpark, Castlerea, Strokestown, Ballaghaderreen, and the historic county capital, Roscommon town.
These are the primary places to begin your property search if you’re hoping to secure work too. Farming makes up around 30% of employment in the county, which means that related industries in food manufacturing, dairy production, cannery and more offer ample opportunities for work. In fact, in Ireland’s west region, Roscommon has the largest employment in the agri-food industry. This includes artisan producers of leading specialised-diet brands, deli products, chocolates, and craft beers.
In the suburb of Athlone, Monksland has also become a recognised hub for the medtech and bio-pharma sectors with several internationally recognised enterprises situated here. And with the county in close proximity to Galway and Sligo, both boasting healthy tech sectors, employment possibilities abound.
Roscommon is an Artistic Hub
In recent decades, Roscommon has also become something of an artistic hub. Roscommon Arts Centre in the county capital is a vibrant, purpose-built arts space, and there are several artists’ studios nearby as well as in other parts of the county.
The International Boyle Arts Festival and O’Carolan Harp Festival and Summer School held in Keadue, the burial place of the great Irish harper, Turlough O’Carolan, are two further top events on the area’s rich artistic calendar that you can enjoy or seek out for possible seasonal work.
Many first-time buyers and young families move to Roscommon for its scenic beauty and laidback lifestyle. The county may be the only one in Connaught that’s completely landlocked, but there’s no shortage of waterways in the area.
Roscommon forms the west bank of the River Shannon for almost one-third of its total length and has the longest stretch of the Shannon of all the ten counties the river passes through. It winds its way through several of the county’s striking woodlands and sparkling lakes, including Lough Allen, Lough Bofin, Lough Meelagh and Lough Skean.
Water-loving families and individuals will find there’s a wealth of activity that takes place on the river from boating and angling to kayaking and canoeing.
The thriving market town of Boyle is positioned at the foot of the Curlew Mountains and also home to Lough Key, a spectacular lake and wooded area with its own island castle and various watersport activities regularly taking place.
The idyllic village of Rooskey on Lough Bofin is an ideal spot to start house-hunting if you’re a keen angler, as is the charming town of Keadue, situated on the freshwater lake of Lough Meelagh.
Those who imagine their weekends spent strolling through gleaming forests and castle grounds can also have their dreams realised. The imposing Victorian-styled Clonalis House and gardens in Castlerea is the ancestral home of the O'Conors, descendants of the last High Kings of Ireland and Kings of Connaught. It was built in 1878 and is a gorgeous place to spend a few hours.
The Georgian Castlecoote House in Castlecoote and King House in Boyle, are two further stately homes worth checking out.
Education in Roscommon
Roscommon’s largest town, Athlone, is one of the most populated of the region. Various industries as well as the Custume Barracks, the HQ of the Western Command of the Irish Army, have made this a busy and significant town in Ireland’s west.
In addition, the fact that the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) is based here along with four major secondary schools, has seen it become a popular pick for relocating families with older children.
Of course, it’s not the only town or village with good educational facilities. There are 91 primary schools of all sizes based throughout the county, and eight main secondary schools.
Abbey Community College, Boyle, Roscommon Community School, Lisnamult, and Castlerea and Elphin Community Colleges both in Castlerea are all non-denominational post-primary schools too.
And, of course, the cherry on the top is the fact that you can have all of this and an affordable home as well! Roscommon houses and apartment prices are cheaper than most other counties in Ireland. For example, a three-bedroomed family home anywhere in the county averages between €100,000 and €175,000. This is a great benefit to first-time buyers too who will easily find themselves within the 10% threshold available to them through Ireland’s help-to-buy scheme.
So, what are you waiting for? Check out some of the great bargains and beautiful homes in Roscommon for sale here on Perfect Property.