Despite Ireland being a relatively small country, when it comes to historically important sites, it is huge! Rathcroghan for instance, is probably more significant than that of the site at Newgrange which is situated in the Boyne Valley. The reason being, it was at the heart of Rathcroghan where many Royal inauguration ceremonies took place. Rathcroghan has an abundance of monuments, prehistoric farmlands and the visitor centre itself unveils all of the secrets of this ancient land. I wouldn't suggest visiting this attraction without taking a tour with one of the centres highly knowledgeable tour guides. On my tour, I could of easily believed my guide had been back to those very turbulent times in Irish history. The site also has a great cafe, so no need for a packed lunch on that day! All in all, I really enjoyed my visit to Rathcroghan, I just wish I'd had more time to explore more. However, I do plan to return very soon.
Rathcroghan Visitor Centre
At Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, you will experience a unique historical attraction in the very heart of County Roscommon. We have qualified archaeologists to tell the story of Ireland from deep in pre-history to destroyed medieval castles. Want to connect with the ancestors? Explore the mythical world of ancient deities. Or walk in the footsteps of Celtic kings and queens. Then visit us at the Ancient Royal Citadel of Connacht. The Rathcroghan Visitor Centre has facilities that have been certified as a Tripadvisor Centre of Excellence for 2015. We have informative, modern and interpretive rooms chronicling 6,000 years of human activity. Our aim is to reconnect you with this mysterious landscape. Rathcroghan boasts a multitude of monument types: stretching from the first farmers of prehistoric Ireland, to the stony remains of a medieval metropolis created by the O'Conor kings of Connacht. Kings were inaugurated at the ceremonial heart of Rathcroghan and the site is witness to the rise and fall of great tribes, wealthy chieftains and dynastic families. Some of these went on to rule the whole island as high kings, ensuring the continuing legacy of this unique complex well into the modern era.