Chairman of the Roscrea Enhancement Committee, Brian King officially launched the new Roscrea Town Map and Information Guide on Friday last at the Castle Complex. Speaking at the launch Brain said that the both the map and the guide are vital if Roscrea is to ever capitalise on the massive tourist potential that Roscrea town and it’s locality has. Brian thanked his fellow Enhancement Committee Members for all their support over the past year while putting the map and guide together. In particular he thanked Trish Purcell for helping to source funding for the printing of the map and the guide and he thanked Dick Conroy who he said did Trojan work to bring both the map and the information guide to completion.
Chairman Of The Roscrea Enhancement Committee, Brian King was delighted to launch the new Roscrea Town Map and Information Guide on Friday last. The launch took place at the castle complex, Roscrea and was attended by members of the committee including L/R
Brian Redmond (Roscrea Heritage), Jacinta Rigney (Roscrea Castle Complex) Pamela Aitken (Roscrea Tourist Office), Brian King (Chairman Of The Enhancement Committee), Trish Purcell (Tipperary Leader), Dick Conroy (Roscrea Tidy Towns/Credit Union & Roscrea Reaching Out)
Brian King said that the all new colour map is probably the first map of Roscrea produced since the 1970’s with visitors in mind. Brian explained that the map had fifteen key landmarks that one would describe as “must sees” for visitors to Roscrea. Brian King stated that in order to benefit more economically from tourism, Roscrea needs to convince visitors to the town to stay for a number of nights. With this in mind the Chairman said that he and Dick Conroy worked hard to come up with three/four days activities whereby one could base themselves in Roscrea but also visit and savour the many delights that the region as a whole has to offer. With that in mind, on the reverse of the town map, the Enhancement Committee has produced a regional map with key places to see and key things to do. In addition three driving routes the red route, the blue route and an optional sites to visit route are documented and designed in a way to entice the visitor to stay in Roscrea and get to know the area better.
The red route as an example suggests that once the visitor has explored all that Roscrea Town has to offer they could spend a day on the road visiting “The Leap Castle”, Birr and Kinnitty Castles, The Slieve Blooms, Aghaboe Abbey, and Donaghmore Workhouse before returning to Roscrea to complete their day with a visit to Monaincha.
The likelihood is that if the visitor is staying in Roscrea they will frequent some local businesses that evening all of which helps sustain and grow the local economy. A third day in Roscrea would take in Thurles, Loughmore, The Rock Of Cashel, Nenagh Castle, The Eco Village in Cloughjordan and Moneygall the ancestral home of Barack Obama. A fourth day based in Roscrea suggests a visit to Shinrone, Ballaghmore Castle, Dromineer, Borris In Ossory and Templemore. Other options include a trip on the bog train in Cloghan or a visit to Clonmacnoise or indeed an enchanted walk around Lough Boora.
Brian said that one of the limitations of the new map was space for detailed information on the key attractions around Roscrea and commentary on the rich and vibrant history of our town. With that in mind he said that he approached Dick Conroy once again with a view to putting an “information Guide” together to compliment the map. The information guide which was also launched on Friday last has detailed information about key attractions in the town such as “The Castle Complex”, Barrick Hill, The Round Tower, Burgoo Bridge and the Franciscan Friary to name but a few.
To help celebrate the launch, Brian King asked Dick Conroy to give a guided walk of the town based upon the new town map. Dick gave an excellent tour filled with interesting anecdotes about Roscrea, it’s history and indeed the many characters that have helped shape the town over the centuries. Dick complimented George Cunningham for his books “Roscrea & District 1977 and Roscrea Tourist Trail 1977 all of which helped Dick to document the information guide.
At the conclusion of the walk, Brian King thanked everyone for attending. Brian had a special mention for Pamela Aitken who is heading up the new Roscrea Tourist Office and is doing a great job meeting with visitors to the town and tourist providers while she waits for the logistics of establishing an actual office in the town to be completed. Brian said that the map and the information guide was another success for the Roscrea Enhancement Committee which recently announced the 2015 Roscrea Enchantment Awards and is currently reviewing a €250,000.00 project that will help commence the Enhancement of Castle Street. In addition various Enhancement Sub-Committees are working on other directly and in-directly related tourism projects such as the Greenway between Roscrea and Birr, a heritage/river walk around Roscrea, tourist signage and a Slí Na Slainté route. As things stand the Chairman said that regardless of the optional driving routes listed on the new map, Roscrea is an ideal base for lovers of golf, cycling, fishing hill-walking and indeed those who like to embark upon regional pilgrimage tours which are really growing in popularity.