Great response to Young Visitor Project!

The innovate Creative Roscommon Young Visitor Project has enjoyed great success since its launch by Roscommon County Council last week, with County Roscommon families and children exploring a series of outdoor heritage sites in the county through a collection of fun and creative resources.

The project, which continues this week, is aimed at primary school children throughout the county, and has been developed by Roscommon County Council through the Creative Ireland Creative Communities Jobs Stimulus Measure 2020.

  Through collaboration with artist Catherine Fanning and writer Maura Gilligan, the Young Visitor Project features a number of resources, including drawings, stories and information, available as printable downloads on

The project features ‘Rossie the Heritage Duck’ as the main character, and encourages children to visit, colour and read about a number of key heritage sites in County Roscommon, namely Roscommon Castle, Roscommon Abbey, Lough Key, Boyle Abbey, Elphin Windmill and Tulsk Abbey. The printable resources include interesting facts and stories about each heritage site, colouring pages featuring images of the tourist site and a map of County Roscommon detailing the key locations of heritage sites in the county.

  The project is being spearheaded by the Arts, Tourism and Heritage Officers on the Culture Team at Roscommon County Council.

Tourism Officer with Roscommon County Council, Eiméar Dowd, said that many families and children enjoyed the May Bank Holiday weekend by exploring heritage sites throughout the county.

“There has been a great response to the Creative Young Visitor Project, with many families and children getting out and about over the Bank Holiday weekend by exploring some of our key heritage sites in the county. The resources, which includes colouring sheets, stories and information on various heritage sites, will be available on for the coming weeks, and I would encourage as many people as possible to visit, colour and read about the fantastic heritage sites in County Roscommon, all with the help of Rossie the Heritage Duck,” Eiméar said.