About the Local Area

Rooskey is a village on the River Shannon in County Roscommon, in the northern midlands of Ireland, near the point where counties Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon meet. 

Rooskey is a well known tourist destination.  It is a popular for anglers, as the River Shannon and the nearby loughs are well stocked with coarse fish.  The harbour and marina are especially busy in the summer, with cruise vessels regularly stopping by. 

The village has a number of public houses, a shop, a hotel, a post office, a primary school and a new community centre where many activities take place.  Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Roman Catholic Church, holds regular masses. 

Every second year the village stages the annual 'Spraoi Festival' regatta, usually during the August Bank Holiday weekend.  In recent years the Lough Rynn Harvest Festival was also staged in the village.  Rooskey is represented in both GAA and Soccer by Klglass Gaels and Dynamo Rooskey, respectively. 

The village is noted for being the birthplace of the 8th Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds.  It is also the birthplace of Michael Whelehan, who co-founded and captained Hibernian F.C. in 1878.