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Found in the province of Connacht with an area of some 950 square miles, Roscommon has a population of 56,000.
Man made features of the county include the ruins of a 13th Century castle, built by the English.
The county town is also Roscommon and the name derives from Ros-Comain meaning 'wood around a monastery'.
Geographical features of the county are the Shannon, which provides it's eastern border, and the lakes Gara, Key and Allen. The land is predominantly rich pasture and lends itself brilliantly to the main commercial activity of dairy farming.