Visit the interpretative, exhibition and information centre dedicated to Dr. Douglas Hyde, the first president of Ireland serving from 1938-1945. It is housed in the church, where his father was rector, in Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. It is only a 10min drive from Ballaghaderreen town on the R22. Dr. Hyde’s contribution to modern Ireland is highlighted in the exhibition by the use of informative charts, maps and photographs. Through audio-visual material you can capture the spirit of his dream and celebrate the achievements of his life. The original letter nominating him as first President of Ireland is also on display, signed by members of the two main political parties in Dáil Éireann – Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael – along with many other items of historical interest. You can also explore the grounds of the building that have been tastefully landscaped and include Gairden an Chraoibhín. The trees and shrubs in the Garden have been selected with reference to old Irish folklore, those that were considered significant in ancient Ireland, as each plant illustrates part of the ancient ogham alphabet ‘’Calender Alphabet System’’. The Douglas Hyde Interpretative centre is well worth visit and there is no entrance charge.
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