A day in Rindoon/Lecarrow
Located three kilometers from the village of Lecarrow the internationally important medieval complex of Rindoon forms the basis of The Warren Point Looped Walk. With its town wall, castle, mill, church, graveyard and hospital, Rindoon is simply the most impressive abandoned medieval town in either Ireland or Great Britain. Guided tours are available on request from archaeologist Regina Donlon (email@example.com; +353 87 9414728). Alternatively, you can download the smart phone walk.
The village boasts the award winning Yew Tree Restaurant and a choice of two local pubs, Kelly’s and Coffey’s, the latter of which also has a shop. Lecarrow Canal, the origin of which dates to the late 18th century is a favourite stopping off point for Irish and Continental boaters on the Shannon. It is a useful staging place for fishing excursions and boating trips on Lough Ree. The lake itself has a worldwide reputation for excellent boating, water sports and fishing activities.
Close to the Rindoon complex is St. John’s Wood, a rare surviving example of Irish old growth woodland. The wood boasts a wide variety of flora and fauna including rare and unusual examples unique to the area.
Apart from Rindoon and St. John’s Wood the area contains a wide range of interesting historical sites which are easily accessible by car or on bicycle. A map in the village offers directions. The signposted megalithic monument close to the village is known locally as Nellie’s Rock. Scregg Dolmen is also within easy driving distance. Three early medieval church sites, Kilcommon, Killenvoy and St. John’s contain fascinating examples of 17th and 18th century monumental sculpturing. Gort house is an early 17th century fortified house ruin and nearby are the remains of a mid-19th century windmill. Mount Plunkett Nature Reserve is another local amenity worth your attention.
Within a short car or bicycle ride is the village of Knockcroghery. Make sure you drop in to the Claypipe Visitor Centre and find out how the pipes are made (admission free). Murray’s Pub nearby was the home of the late Jamsie Murray who uniquely led Roscommon in six All-Ireland Gaelic Football Finals in the 1940s, winning two of them in the process.