You may be curious to hear what is happening in different parts of Roscommon currently.

Roscommon County Council is actively engaged in several projects across our county which seeks to improve the quality of life and investment potential. The Capital Projects and Regeneration Team are working with communities to source funding for various projects and examples of those projects are listed here.

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Rooskey village is an important crossing on the River Shannon.

Roscommon County Council under Town and Village Renewal are helping to revitalise the village by enhancement of the quay area as well as improvements to footpaths and painting of some key buildings. Work is hopefully happening in 2020 to create a looped walk in conjunction with Waterways Ireland and Town and Village funding.

Boyle 2040

Boyle is currently undergoing a revival and re-imaging of its role as a town and a town with greater prominence in its location in the North and West region of Ireland.

Some really exciting projects are currently being developed including:

  • cycle corridor linking Lough Key Forest and Activity park with the town centre on a scenic journey which takes you by the majestic Boyle Abbey, the stately King House into the town core
  • The total refurbishment of the old Royal Hotel site into a modern centre for enterprise in the town
  • The creation of a new pedestrianised river promenade which will allow people to stop and enjoy the beauty of the town as it embraces its riverside location
  • The development of a bandstand and acoustic shell to allow for outdoor events in a town renowned for its Arts Festival.

Roscommon County Council have been successful in applying for funding to the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) under a number of rural funding programmes to seek to commence the redevelopment of Boyle town as envisaged in the innovative Boyle 2040 in the initiatives listed above.

The Department of Heritage, Arts and the Gaeltacht have also approved funding under the Historic Towns Initiative in 2019 to work with home owners on the historic Main Street to enhance and celebrate the wonderful architectural heritage of this street which leads up to King House.

Boyle 2040, prepared by Roscommon County Council in conjunction with Boyle Town Team, identifies the kind of place Boyle could be in the future, not purely in terms of its physical composition, but also from an economic and social perspective. It is a robust re-imagining of the town centre as a place of vibrancy and progress appropriate to its transition to a place of greater prominence in the life and economy of the North and West Region.

Project Ireland 2040 emphasises sustainable and compact development in town centres and the implementation of this approach will ultimately lead to a brighter future for places like Boyle.

Boyle 2040 has the ultimate aim of attracting Boyle people back into their town centre by offering quality urban housing, a distinctive and attractive public realm, commercial development options and a unique selling point based on local distinctiveness.

Roscommon Town

Roscommon town is the county town for County Roscommon. It too is undergoing a transformation while retaining its uniquely attractive appearance.

Some of the innovative projects which are currently underway include:

  • Lighting up of the magnificent Roscommon Castle to share its attraction with people coming to the town or simply passing through
  • Creation of a bandstand, acoustic shell and Sculpture trail in Loughnaneane Park beside the Castle
  • Reinvention of the Market Square and Main Street into functionally diverse space for people to sit or linger and orientation point for exploring the town on foot
  • Work is also ongoing in relation to a project to help re-imagine the Town Square.


Athleague village has been transformed under a project with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Roscommon County Council, Town and Village and the hard work and fundraising of the local community.

The project has seen the installation of a new surface, new footpaths, undergrounding of electric wires and participation in a Dragon’s Den innovative model of Community and Economic planning. The Community came together on the foot of the works completed and have painted and tidied derelict properties, enhanced local historical assets and are now in the process of planning future projects within this village which has 3,500 vehicles passing daily.

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