An Post Rás 2014 - Stage 1

Dé Domhnaig Bealtaine 18 / Sunday May 18

Dunboyne to Roscommon, 149.8 km

Stage Summary

  • DUNBOYNE START,
  • Trim, Athboy Post Office Prime and Hot Spot sprint (km 41.1), Delvin, Drumcree, Collinstown, Castlepollard, Coole Post Office Prime and Hot Spot Sprint (km 76.5), Lismacaffrey, Lisryan, Edgeworthstown Post Office Prime and Hot Spot sprint (km 95.4), KOM Category 3 at Richmount (km 106.1), Ballymahon Post Office Prime and Hot Spot Sprint (km 114), Lanesboro,
  • ROSCOMMON FINISH

 

Spotlight on Dunboyne and Roscommon

Dunboyne

‘Dún Búinne’ meaning Búinne’s stronghold

Dunboyne is situated on the crossroads of the R156 and R157 which meet in the centre of the village. The town is considered to possess the features of both a village and a town.  With a population of over 6,900 Dunboyne is steeped in history that stretches back to the middle ages.

The only access into and out of the town is over bridges therefore suggesting that Dunboyne is the only town in the country that could be an inland island.

In the twelfth century, with the arrival of the Normans, the town became the territory of the Petit family. In the thirteenth century an heiress of Sir William Petit, 6th Lord of Dunboyne, married Thomas Butler, the brother of the first Earl of Ormond, meaning that all titles and properties passed to the Butlers, and with it the Butler’s long association with the area.

Why not visit Dunboyne Castle, which dates back to the Butler dynasty.  The castle was destroyed by Cromwell but was rebuilt in the 1700s.  The mansion which replaced the original building is now Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa. 

Interesting fact: In the 1970s the town became famous as the backdrop for the fictional village of Leestown in the successful television series called The Riordans.

Roscommon

Ros Comáin means "Saint Coman's wood". The name stems from the Irish word 'Ros' meaning a gentle terrain with plenty of trees and 'Comáin', the name of the county's famous Irish saint and the first bishop of the See.


Bound by the extensive waterways of the River Shannon and Lough Ree to the east, the River Suck in the west and Lough Key in the north, County Roscommon is a haven for lovers of boats, water-sports, and of course cycling. Cruising on the water in Roscommon is one of the most enjoyable ways to discover this unspoiled pocket of Ireland.

Visitors can also discover a rich heritage of early colonization in Roscommon with many burial grounds, megalithic tombs and ring forts. Why not visit the royal burial site at Rathcroghan? This was home to the kings of Connaught and later become home to the high kings of Ireland.

Another place which might be of interest is the Douglas Hyde Interpretive centre; exhibition and information centre dedicated to this remarkable man – the first President of Ireland. His contribution to modern Ireland is traced through the medium of information charts, books of his poems and prose, personal items, letters, maps and photography.

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