Castlerea, Co. Roscommon
Castlerea (Irish: An Caisleán Riabhach) is located in wooded country in the west of County Roscommon. Roughly translated from Irish, Castlerea can mean Brindled Castle (Caisleán Riabhach) or King's Castle (Caisleán Rí).
The town is built on the River Suck and the River Francis (aka River Cloonard), both tributaries of the River Shannon.
Clonalis House, just west of the town, is the ancestral home of the Clan O'Conor: the last High Kings of Ireland. The dynasty gave eleven high kings to Ireland and twenty four kings to Connacht. The family traces back to Feredach the Just in 75 A.D. and is Europe's oldest recorded family. The 45 room mansion was built in 1878 and contains a priceless collection of archival material, illustrating a tradition going back 60 generations.