Roscommon , County Roscommon

Ireland’s last hung woman , ‘Lady Betty’ , worked at the jail which still stands in the town centre. She had her own death sentence withdrawn on condition that she carried out all the public hangings without payment.

Roscommon Castle , located off Castle Street , was built by the Norman Robert d’Ufford in 1269. It was raised to the ground by the Irish four years later and rebuilt in 1280. Almost four centuries later it was blown up and never reconstructed. James Harlow’s shop on Main Street is a virtual treasure trove , and still retains a colourful old bar to its rear , popular with farmers on mart day. Tom Fox’s is one of the few places with traditional music.

Roscommon is a must see attraction on your tours of Ireland.