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Roscommon Ireland

Keadue

Keadue, or Keadew is a village in County Roscommon, close to the Leitrim and Sligo borders. Coming from 'Ceideah', meaning a low lying hill, Keadue is situated at the foot of the Arigna mountains, surrounded by lakes and mountains.

Keadue in county Roscommon is a beautiful, well maintained village

The village prides itself on being a beautiful, scenic area that showcases all that the west of Ireland has to offer. Keadue has the distinction of being the overall winner of the Irish Tidy Towns Competitions on two occasions, in 1993 and 2003. It has also won awards numerous other tidy towns awards within the county.

The annual O'Carolan Harp Festival and Summer School is held in Keadue to commemorate the life of harpist Turlough O'Carolan, who is buried in the village. The composer grew up in the area and has over 200 songs to his name. More information can be found about the bard on the Keadue Harp page. O'Carolan Heritage Park, meanwhile, was opened in 1993 and features a bronze harp monument, fountains and walking trails, all under the backdrop of the Arigna mountains.

O'Carolan memorial park is a beautiful and well kept feature in Keadue

Nearby, the Arigna Mining Experience consists of an exhibition and optional underground guided tour. These tours are given by former workers in the mines, which were closed during the 1990s because of difficult working conditions. At its peak, 400 people were employed in the mines.