Keadue


Keadue is situated at the foot of the Arigna Mountains and is well cared for by the residents, so much so, that it was designated Ireland's Tidiest Town in 1993; and, in 2003 also won a silver medal in the European Entente Florale Competition. Mrs. MacDermott-Roe of Alderford House near Ballyfarnan village, became the patron of the blind harpist, Turlough O’Carolan, ‘the last of the bards’, and he composed many airs in praise of her and her clan. It was at Alderford that he died in 1738. He was buried close to the ruined 12th century church in the old graveyard of Kilronan overlooking Lough Meelagh just a mile from the village. To commemorate his memory, the Keadue O’Carolan Harp Festival is held annually in August.
By the lakeside nearby is the Holy Well of St Lasair, who founded the original church in the 6th century. ‘Patterns’, or traditional devotions, are performed every year on the first Sunday of September. In days gone by, it was customary for pilgrims to crawl under the stone table, but today’s clergy frown on the practice.
A short distance away is a children's amenity area with some swings and a slide or where you can go for a swim in peaceful Lough Meelagh. A walk through the bluebell woods there could easily give you a sighting of a spectacular ruined castle – Kilronan Castle – built by the Earl of Kingston in 1876, replacing the original castle belonging to Colonel King Tennison.

The O'Carolan Heritage Park is also located in Keadue.

 

www.ocarolanharpfestival.ie

 

www.kilronanparish.ie

 

 


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This project received grant aid from Roscommon LEADER Partnership Rural Development Programme which is financed by the Irish Government under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2007-2013 and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development:Europe investing in Rural Areas.