County Roscommon is located in the Irish midlands and has a population of 51,987 (1991 Census). The main towns are Roscommon, Boyle, Castlerea and Ballaghaderreen.
Castlerea (pronounced ‘castle-ray’) is a small farming town in County Roscommon in the Irish midlands. Today Castlerea boasts a population of 15-20,000 people and its two main industries are raising cattle and farming. The farmland in the area is mostly bog and not generally suitable for planted crops so the main crop is ‘turf’ (what we call peat). The turf is dried and cut into bricks which are burned in the fireplace for heat.
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