Strokestown, from the Irish 'Béal Atha na mBuillí', is situated on the east side of county Roscommon. The name was anglicised as Bellanamully and Bellanamulla but translates as 'the mouth of the ford of the strokes' which refers to ancient clan battles that occured in the area, known as strokes.
The town has the distinction of the second widest street in Ireland, after O'Connell street, and is also known for Stokestown Park House. This large 18th century mansion has the longest herbaceous border in Ireland and a beautiful natural landscape as its surroundings. The Georgian Palladian mansion is well preserved with its original furnishings and guided tours are available.
Much of the history of the area centres around Strokestown Park House. It was the family home of the Packenham Mahon family and built on the site of a 16th century castle that was the home of the O'Conor Roe Gaelic Chieftans. In 1847, during the worst of the Great Famine, landlord Major Dennis Mahon was assassinated and the Irish National Famine Museum established in Strokestown Park in 1994 features documents found in the house during its restoration.
The Sliabh Ban Walks are a great way to get exercising and the view from the summit has to be seen to be believed.
There are a number of annual events in the town such as the Strokestown Poetry Festival, the Strokestown Agricultural Show and Féile Frank McGann, a traditional music festival in memory of Roscommon born bodhran player Frank McGann.