King House, Boyle

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King House is a beautifully restored Georgian mansion with almost 300 years of history. First built in 1730 as the seat of the King family, a powerful landowning dynasty, the house later became a military barracks and recruiting depot for the famous Irish regiment of the British army, the Connaught Rangers.

At the end of the Civil War in 1923 the barracks passed into the control of the newly-formed Irish Free State army. It later became a merchant's store and was saved from demolition in the late 1980s and restored to its former Georgian style by Roscommon County Council.

The house is now open to the public as a museum bringing its history to life. It houses the Connaught Rangers museum and the Boyle Civic Art Collection while retaining many of its Georgian features.

A multi-disciplinary programme of arts events takes place in King House between April and September including elements of the ever-popular Boyle Arts Festival.
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  • We were just down from Dublin on a day trip and aimed to get the 3.30 p.m. train back. We had thought maybe half an hour would do for King House, but our guide Mary Lavin, was so enthusiastic that we ...  more »
  • Great place. Fantastic exhibits inside the house. Some interactive areas and very knowledgeable staff. Needs a good couple of hours to see everything. Students (12-14 yr olds) and staff all enjoyed it...  more »
  • Boyle has always impressed me as a town which has great potential but it has suffered badly in the recession. However, King House is a great asset for the town.... full marks to Roscommon County Counc...  more »