Lunch Break in Roscrea, Ireland

It was our second day in Ireland. After a half-day tour in Dublin, our tour guide told us to return to the bus on time. It was parked near the Trinity College but I never had the chance to go inside the campus. It was good that the day before, I already had a short sightseeing and souvenir shopping in Ireland’s capital.

It was time heading to the West Coast of Ireland, to the Cliffs of Moher. Along the way, we had a short stop in Roscrea. This is a historical market town in County Tipperary, Ireland. This is where we had our lunch break. It was almost 2:00 in the afternoon when we arrived there.  It was raining too but not too strong. If you  have  an umbrella  travelling anywhere in Europe, rain will not be a problem for you.

The English Garden in Roscrea Castle. I had a walk around the castle compound last March 2013.  ©

I hurried up eating my soup and bread at the restaurant located adjacent to the castle in Roscrea. After taking my personal necessities at the restaurant, I went immediately outside to have a walk around the  castle and a bit around Roscrea. It was raining but  it  did not hinder me from walking around.

at the Castle Compound in Roscrea. The building here is called the Damer House on Castle Street. I am happy to see and experience this city even just for a little time. ©

sign for tourists in Roscrea. ©

The town is one of the oldest in Ireland which developed around the ancient monastery of St Cronan, parts of which remain preserved today.

Roscrea is a designated Irish Heritage Town due to the extent of important historical buildings that are preserved in the town. Amongst the most notable buildings of interest are the 13th Century Castle and Damer House on Castle Street. Within the town are the remains of the ancient Romanesque doorway and gable-end of St Cronan’s church. The Round Tower and the High Cross of the ancient monastery are also located nearby. Also of interest in the town are the remains of the 15th century Franciscan Friary and Monaincha and Sean Ross Abbeys. One of the most famous books produced by the monastery is the Book of Dimma currently on display at Trinity College, Dublin.


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