Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland
Lough Key is an area of great historical interest and is comprised of vast woodlands and numerous islands. There is reference to Castle Island in the annals of Lough Ce as early as 1184. During this time the park was called Moylurg and the Kings of Moylurg were the Mc Dermott’s.
The McDermott’s official residence was once on this little island “The Rock”now called “Castle Island” As space was limited on this small island they had another residence on the mainland where the Moylurg Tower stands today. The McDermotts ruled this area until the 17th century when it was granted to the King family from England under the Cromwellian settlement.