Mote Park Trail
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Location Mote Park, near Roscommon Town, Ireland # Locations 29
Media Audio, Text, & Pictures Tour Type Biking Category Historical Places
Description The Mote Park Trail brings us back to a time when the local aristocrats, the Croftons, held great sway in the area. Mote Park, the seat of the Crofton Family from the 16th century up until the 1940s is a gateway to heritage, history, flora, fauna and the environment. Located in the heart of County Roscommon, it is an ideal venue for outdoor activities for children and people of all ages. With our Trail, we'll be bringing you to the site of Mote Park and the ancient and hauntingly beautiful resting place of Croftons through the ages, Kilmaine cemetery. It is likely that the first Crofton who came to Ireland was Thomas, who was contemporaneous with and probably a brother of Sir Gilbert, the first Lord of Crofton, and it is also possible that the Roscommon Crofton's were descended from him. What is known for certain is that the Crofton family of Mote Park descended from John Crofton, Queen Elizabeth's eventual Escheator General of Ireland. He arrived in Ireland in 1565 and was Clerk of the Provincial Council in Connaught by 1572. Through tumultuous times right up until 1959, the Croftons were at the heart of local events until the big house was finally knocked down in 1959. The family are remembered fondly for such activities as building the local infirmary to getting the railway line to pass through the town. Most importantly, they were regarded as kind and helpful landlords during the Great Famine. For a county that suffered more than most during this dark period, this is a factor worth emphasizing. Ably guided by local historian, John Kerrigan, we are delighted to bring you on the Mote Park Trail. N.B: Please note that the tour is subject to acceptance of our Licence. This app is an initiative of Fergal Gleeson who established a new cycling tour business, the Real Roscommon Experience, in conjunction with Roscommon LEADER Partnership.
Created By navigatour on 2/22/2013





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1. MPT Gleesons
Our starting point is of course Gleeson's Townhouse and Restaurant right in the centr...(more)

The Manse, The Square, Roscommon Town.
Lat: 53.631076 Lon: -8.190908
2. MPT Eamonn's introduction
Eamonn tells us a bit about Mote Park by way of introduction. There way well be a bit...(more)

Lat: 53.62739 Lon: -8.188165
3. MPT: Turn left for Lodge
Just after the golf club is a turn left which is effectively the start of the old Cro...(more)

Lat: 53.618023 Lon: -8.182347
4. MPT. Legacy trees
Landlords were always keen to leave mementos of themselves and planting trees was one...(more)

Lat: 53.615143 Lon: -8.179622
5. MPT Derrydonnell wood
The name of the wood in Irish denotes that a great oak wood once stood here, along wi...(more)

Lat: 53.609771 Lon: -8.174429
6. MPT PULL OVER #1 after Derrydonnell bridge
Immediately after going over the arched Derrydonnell Bridge, there is a place to pull...(more)

Lat: 53.601712 Lon: -8.162627
7. MPT PULL OVER #1 at The Mill
As mentioned in Point of Interest 6, walk the short distance from where you are parke...(more)

Lat: 53.601376 Lon: -8.162284
8. MPT PULL OVER #2 the Stables
Traveling back to your bicycle or car, we'll be carrying on through another wooded ar...(more)

Lat: 53.599366 Lon: -8.158647
8a MPT Turn left
John has plenty to tell us of this area, including what exactly a ha ha was. Ensure y...(more)

Lat: 53.598764 Lon: -8.157756
9. MPT PULL OVER #3 Mote Park today
There's ample space on the left to pull over after the T junction and considering the...(more)

Lat: 53.599904 Lon: -8.156061
10. MPT Ballymurray wood
After seeing what became of Mote Park, we move on into Ballymurray wood, marked down ...(more)

Mote Park Heritage Walkway, Mote Park.
Phone: +353906627361
Lat: 53.600925 Lon: -8.143476
11. MPT Turn right onto N61
Having continued on through the wood, you'll be making your way to the T junction and...(more)

Lat: 53.600846 Lon: -8.129153
12. MPT TURN RIGHT for School
In order to make this right turn, you'll need to indicate with plenty of notice, slow...(more)

Lat: 53.592658 Lon: -8.12336
13. MPT Turn right for hill ascent
Once we make this right turn, we will be moving slowly up the hill to get to Kilmaine...(more)

Lat: 53.579576 Lon: -8.121665
14 and 17 MPT Turn right
14. As you make your way up this gentle gradient, be looking out for a green shed on ...(more)

Lat: 53.582562 Lon: -8.139115
15. MPT Pre Lion
This narrow road leads you to a lion in the middle of field and as such, is a wonderf...(more)

Lat: 53.582604 Lon: -8.139146
16. MPT Mote Park Lion
Much like the 'two vast and trunkless legs of stone' in Ozymandias, the Mote Park lio...(more)

Lat: 53.590314 Lon: -8.143026
18. MPT Turn right for cemetery
The right turn off for Kilmaine cemetery is not sign posted nor are there are road si...(more)

Lat: 53.583194 Lon: -8.1528
19. MPT pre Kilmaine
What this track may lack in finish, it makes up for in terms of scenery. Enjoy the be...(more)

Lat: 53.585289 Lon: -8.153082
20. MPT Kilmaine cemetery
This ancient graveyard predates the Reformation and has both Catholics and Protestant...(more)

Lat: 53.587321 Lon: -8.153207
21. MPT post Kilmaine
This is the ancient church site of Kilmaine and the burial site of the Croftons in a ...(more)

Lat: 53.587117 Lon: -8.153143
22. MPT Kilmaine
John Kerrigan gives us an exclusive in our audio piece where he tells us of what he b...(more)

Lat: 53.587215 Lon: -8.153533
23. MPT Fear Breagues
A Fear breague translates from Irish as a false man or a scarecrow. as we start our d...(more)

Lat: 53.582901 Lon: -8.155557
24. MPT Downhill
The cyclists among you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour in cycling, or...(more)

Lat: 53.582264 Lon: -8.164258
26. MPT Mote Park legacy
Isaac Weld description of Mote Park, RDS publications 1832: - 'The house which stands...(more)

Lat: 53.584735 Lon: -8.176575
27. MPT Lisadurn House
As we make our way back to Roscommon, we hear from Eamonn on the legacy of the Crofto...(more)

Lat: 53.591066 Lon: -8.179407
28. MPT Memories
As we make our way back into Roscommon, john reminisces on earlier childhood memories...(more)

Lat: 53.607072 Lon: -8.180265
29. MPT: Back to Gleesons
'For me it is history, I suppose, but for my father it was a catastrophe, being the g...(more)

Lat: 53.61709 Lon: -8.183334
30. MPT Wrap up
We have completed a tour of the Crofton estate and are now on our back to Gleesons. W...(more)

Lat: 53.624956 Lon: -8.186671