|Rindoon in Co. Roscommon is one of the best preserved abandoned medieval towns in either Ireland or Britain. Located on a peninsula jutting out in to Lough Ree, the site contains an impressive collection of medieval remains. From the thirteenth century this site was the location of a royal castle and a town which was defended by a medieval wall and gatehouse.
The remains of a medieval parish church and hospital as well as a harbour are also present.
The local community over the past ten years have worked in partnership with the Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network and Roscommon County Council to save much of what survived. The Heritage Council have provided the vast majority of funding to conserve the town wall, parish church, mill and medieval hospital. A survey of the impressive but ruinous castle was also supported and numerous public awareness events have also been held.
To date a sum of €482,771 has been invested by the Heritage Council in this complex over the period 2010-18.
To aid navigation and understanding a walk was developed and interpretation signage installed. From very low numbers the site now attracts approximately 8,000 visitors annually.
Rindoon Medieval Town – Church ruins with Castle in the background
Rindoon Medieval Town – Interpretive Signage