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 Rooskey is a beautiful vilage near the Leitrim / Roscommon border and just 13kms north-west of Longford town, writes Martin Branagan.

Rooskey Bridge, Rooskey

It is an prominent mooring point on the River Shannon and a popular stopping point for cruisers. There are many nice walks in the area, such as the river walk to Rooskey Lock.

Rooskey is the perfect base for exploring the North West of Ireland as it is halfway between Dublin and County Donegal. Activities in the Rooskey area are golf, horse riding, boating and angling.

The navigation channel at Rooskey was built in the 1760’s and the current lock was built in the 1840’s, along with the weir and road bridge.

The original opening span of the bridge was replaced in recent years by a lifting section.

Martin Branagan is a co-founder of and is passionate about promoting Leitrim as a tourist destination. Under the LoveLeitrim banner, Martin is touring the county in search of its hidden gems.

A Dubliner by birth and Leitrim resident by choice, Martin can be contacted on +353 (0)86 173 8417 for all advertising queries.


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