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Boyle & Around

History

The history of Boyle is the history of the King family. In 1603, Staffordshire-born John King was granted land in Roscommon with the aim of ‘reducing the Irish to obedience’. Over the next 150 years, through canny marriages and cold-blooded conquests, his descendants made their name and fortune, becoming one of the largest landowning families in Ireland. The town of Boyle grew around their estate.

King House was built in 1730, and in 1780 the family moved to the grander Rockingham House, built in what is now Lough Key Forest Park, and which was destroyed by fire in 1957.

Actress Maureen O’Sullivan (Mia Farrow’s mum), was born in a house on Main St ­opposite the Bank of Ireland in 1911.