Roscommon Lamb Festival April 26 - 01 May 2017

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Geological Heritage Of Co. Roscommon Exhibition - Karst, Turloughs And Eskers


Thurs 27 April @ 10am, County Library, Roscommon

Registration necessary. Tel: 087 6546512

Fossil Stone
A one day conference with guest speaker Professor John Feehan exploring the geology, fossil record and the quarrying and use of limestone as a building material over the millennia.

The event will start with a lecture by Dr Feehan at Co. Library Roscommon. This lecture will start at 10.00am sharp.

At 11.30 the outdoor tour will begin with a bus trip to a disused quarry at Knockmaine, Tremane. This was the quarry from which the stone that built the Sacred Heart Church in Roscommon Town was extracted. There are two large lime kilns on this site and Dr Feehan will point out the many interesting features of this whole area.

We will have a picnic lunch at the quarry before moving on to a brief stop at Lough Fuinshinagh to discuss the hydrology of the landscape there.

Next stop will be in Moyvannion, Kiltoom where we will visit "Charlie’s Rock", the best example of a mushroom stone in these islands. There are a number of these very interesting geological features in the Kiltoom area and they tell the story of the ages past when Lough Ree was at a much higher level than it is at present.

On our way back to Roscommon we will stop off briefly to see the dolmen in Lecarrow.

Our final stop will be at the Clay Pipe Centre in Knockcroghery before our return to Roscommon.

This event has been organised by Roscommon Lamb Festival as part of its tenth anniversary programme and given the importance of limestone to Roscommon agriculture we feel it is appropriate to highlight this aspect of our heritage. The Geological Survey of Ireland will stage an exhibition of the geology of Co Roscommon in The Co. Library during the course of our festival which runs from 26 th April to 1 St May this year.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary festival we have commissioned a life sized sculpture of a Roscommon ewe and lamb. Local craftsman Mark Feeley is currently busy carving this sculpture out of a four and a half ton block of Lecarrow limestone. The block he is working on "rings" sweetly when struck with a sledgehammer which means it has no flaws or cracks and is thus perfect for carving. This sculpture will be erected in Roscommon town as a permanent reminder of the importance of the sheep industry to our county. Click here for more information about the sculpture and how you can donate to the Go Fund Me campaign ›


  • 9.30am: Register in Co Library
  • 10.00am: Lecture in Co. Library by Dr John Feehan.
  • 11.30am: Bus to disused quarry and lime kilns at Knockmaine, Tremane.
  • 12.30pm: Picnic Lunch at quarry.
  • 1.30pm: Bus to Kiltoom via Lough Fuinshinagh. Visit site of Mushroom stones.
  • 3.30pm: Afternoon tea at Bridie Leonards, Thatched Cottage Moyvannion Kiltoom.
  • 4.30pm: Bus back to Roscommon visiting The Dolmen site at Lecarrow and Clay Pipe Centre if time allows.
  • 6.00pm: Tour ends at Co Library.