- The picturesque village of Rooskey is
located on the Leitrim Roscommon border 8 miles north-west of Longford
town. Three counties meet in Rooskey -
Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon which make it an ideal touring base
for exploring the area. Situated as it is on the River Shannon, it is
not surprisingly an excellent angling centre with easy access to a
number of lakes nearby. It is a favourite stopping point with Cruiser
traffic as there are a number of good restaurants and pubs in the
village. The village is an important boating harbour on the River
Shannon with many attractive mooring places just out of earshot of the
main Sligo - Dublin road . There are some lovely walks here and in
particular a refreshing river walk to Rooskey Lock.
History - The original navigation through the village of Rooskey was through a lock on a canal to the west of the river, built in the 1760's. The present lock was built in the 1840's by the Shannon Commissioners, along with the weir and road bridge. The original opening span of the bridge was replaced in recent years by a lifting section.
Our bit - Rooskey is the first bridge lock combination you come to travelling south from Carrick.
If planning your trip it should be noted that there are no mooring upstream of the
bridge at Rooskey (apart from the concrete island where you wait for the bridge to lift,
beware lethal currents here) so ensure that you make the last opening of the bridge.
We only stopped a short while in Rooskey on the way back to Carrick. There are several
bars along the main part of the river but we were heading for Dromod for lunch and were
wanting to navigate the lock bridge combinations as fast as possible (having caused so
a long delay on the way downstream). We had a quick pint at the Crew's Inn which lies
just by the Bridge on the East bank. The bar was fairly large with a pool table, games
area at the far end. Seating was all hard and I expected would get fairly uncomfortable
if you intend to spend an evening there.
Rooskey, Co. Roscommon. Tel: 078/38017. Fax: 078 38136. Sun-Sat 12:00-22:00
Other Roosky Bars or Bar/Restaurants not visitedWe have not yet visited the places below, and therefore any comments have been taken from the www, and are not by me.
The Kon Tiki Bar & Lounge
The Weir Lodge
Comments and additional material on the bars in this area are always welcome.
I can be contacted on Neil MacPherson.
Last Updated 24th December 2004 - Neils Travel Web - Ireland - Rooskey (Ruskey, Ruscaigh, Roosky) - Pubs