Loughglynn, (Loughglinn), is a picturesque village on the R325, midway between Castlerea and Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon, Ireland. Surrounded by six lakes Loughglynn derives its name from the lake situated to the north of the village. This lake, artificial by nature, was built in the early 19th century by Jerrard Strickland, land agent to Viscount Dillon, as a birthday present for Dillon's wife. It is of great ornithological interest and is very important to wildfowl in dry periods in winter. Another nearby lake, Errit Loch, is one of the most famous fishing lakes in the entire county of Roscommon.
Loughglynn has a progressive community spirit and the village itself has many amenities, including a post office, Garda station, two shops, two pubs and a funeral home.
The local primary school, Scoil Mhuire Lourdes was awarded a Green Schools flag and Loughglynn Catholic Church is the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel.
Sporting Clubs in Loughglynn
Loughglynn has many sporting clubs and facilities for sport training. The local GAA club 'Éire Óg' was formed in 1984 and they play their home games at James Timothy Memorial Park, which opened in 1991. The soccer pitch home of Loughglynn United soccer team is just beside the lake. Loughglynn Boxing Club train in the Community Centre and Loughglynn Badminton Club play in the Community Centre.
Loughglynn Community Centre
Loughglynn Community Centre is a social centre for the people in the local community and it incorporates a sports hall, a playschool/childcare centre as well as a number of other rooms. The Community Centre opened in September 2006 and is in constant use - the sports hall is used throughout the winter for many activities including basketball, soccer, badminton, weight training, boxercise, dancing and music classes. The childcare centre is open all year round as it caters for pre-school, toddler and after school.
Loughglynn Music Festival is held annually on the August Bank Holiday weekend, as a fundraising venture for the Community Centre and offers a great weekend of entertainment with big showband names and the annual Queen of the Woodlands competition.
Loughglynn is renowned in many songs and stories, probably the best known of which is the lovely ballad 'The Woodlands of Loughglynn'. In the 17th century the blind harper Turlough O'Carolan visited Loughglynn House, home of the landlord Viscount Dillon, and composed the well-known air 'Lady Dillon'.
Loughglynn is a very central place for touring County Roscommon and surrounding counties. Ireland West Airport Knock and the Marian Shrine at Knock are 30km. The major towns of Roscommon (30km), Castlebar (40km), Sligo (75km) and Galway (80km) are all within driving distance.
Loughglynn is within easy reach of nearby towns - Ballinlough (6km), Ballyhaunis (10km), Ballaghaderreen (10km) and Castlerea (10km).