Strokestown native publishes ‘A Dictionary of Roscommon Biography’

Extraordinary new book by Mike Lennon

Compiled by Strokestown native Mike Lennon, ‘A Dictionary of Roscommon Biography’ is a unique and distinguished volume that tells the story of County Roscommon through the lives of prominent residents/people associated with Roscommon who are now deceased.

  The biography, which contains a masterful collection of 5,000 individual entries, chronicles the lives of many of the men and women who have left their mark on the county.

  It describes the careers of people in all fields of life; including politics, religion, law, literature, journalism, business, trades, medicine, sport, engineering, painting, music and entertainment, and features entries as far back as the 17th century, and as recent as January of this year.

  The book has also recorded all reported Roscommon-born centenarians, as well as those who died as a result of World War I, the War of Independence, and the Civil War.

  The criteria for inclusion required that those featured had a significant tie to Roscommon; those who were born here, had careers here and/or those who’s parents were Roscommon natives.

  This ‘Dictionary of Roscommon Biography’ is an attempt to remember and pay tribute to those who have made their mark on life in Roscommon and elsewhere down through the centuries. It was compiled to enable present and future generations of Roscommon people to learn about their ancestors and appreciate how their careers and experiences have shaped contemporary life in the county.


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To encourage and facilitate the widest access, ‘A Dictionary of Roscommon Biography’ is published simultaneously online and in print. Online access is available in Roscommon Library branches in Ballaghaderreen, Boyle, Castlerea, Elphin, Strokestown and at its headquarters in Roscommon town. It will also be available on the website of the Roscommon Heritage & Genealogy Company.

For those looking to buy the book in print, it is available for sale for €30 in Athlone (Cormican’s Office Supplies, Sean Costello Street), Ballaghaderreen (Newsround, Barrack Street), Ballygar (Centra, Main Street), Boyle (Úna Bhán Tourism, King House), Carrick-on-Shannon (The Reading Room, Bridge Street), Castlerea (Mulvihill’s Newsagents, Main Street), Elphin (Glancy’s Supermarket, Chapel Street), Lanesboro (O’Brien’s Corner Shop, Main Street), Longford (Newsround, Ballymahon Street, Roscommon town (Newsround, The Square and Cormican’s Office Supplies, Abbey Street), Strokestown (Dawn Til Dusk, Elphin Street and Strokestown Park House, The Demesne), and Tulsk (Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Tulsk Village (

In the greater Dublin area, books may be purchased by contacting Mike Lennon at, by giving your name and address.

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