Things To Do in Rooskey
Rooskey (Irish: Rúscaigh) is a village on the River Shannon in County Roscommon, Ireland in the northern midlands of Ireland, near the point where counties Leitrim, Longford, and Roscommon meet. The N4 road from Dublin to Sligo passes by the Leitrim side of the village. Rooskey is a lovely village, situated on the upper part of the broad, majestic Shannon.
Rooskey on the River Shannon
Excellent Touring Base
And it has the unusual distinction of being the meeting place of three counties – Leitrim, Roscommon and Longford. Rooskey is therefore an excellent base for drivers wishing to explore the sights of the three different regions. Additionally, Dublin and Donegal are both close enough for day trips. Rooskey is also an ideal destination for anglers, since the river and the nearby loughs are well stocked with coarse fish including roach, perch and bream. The harbour and marina are especially busy in the summer, with cruise vessels regularly stopping by so that passengers can sample the hospitality of the village pubs and restaurants.
Outdoor Activities in Rooskey
Outdoor activities enjoyed locally include watersports, horse-riding, pony-trekking and walking – through the countryside or along tranquil, tree-lined, riverside pathways. There’s lots of good cheer to be had at the village’s annual summer festival which combines musical performances with fun family activities. Rooskey’s shops provide for basic necessities, although visitors will find broader shopping opportunities in Leitrim’s county town of Carrick-on-Shannon, which is within half an hour’s drive. Carrick also boasts a particularly scenic golf course and a wide choice of river cruises
Rooskey is represented in both GAA and soccer by Kilglass Gaels and Dynamo Roosky, respectively. The village’s GAA team was formally known as Pat Molloy’s during the 1910-1950’s. This club then amalgamated with Slatta Parnellites, Tarmonbarry and Kilmore to form St. Barry’s Rusky. The Kilglass Gaels Club was founded in 1983 and is celebrating its silver anniversary in 2008. 2007 was a great year for the club, winning 7 county titles at various levels. The club has won championships at every grade, except senior, including the Intermediate Championship in 1999. There are also basketball and tennis facilities available.
There are currently 4 pubs in business in Rooskey. These are The Weir Lodge, Reynolds, The Rooskey Inn (which is a part of the hotel) and Cox’s.