Ireland is known for its pubs and city life, the popularity of sporting events and the warm receptions given by the locals to visitors. Places which lie off the beaten path, however, tell another Irish story and County Roscommon is one of those places. Finding a hotel in County Roscommon might be tricky, this is a sparsely populated and rather wild area of the nation. County Roscommon is characterized by the bodies of water that provide what nourishment the land offers. The river Shannon flows through County Roscommon, and there are several lakes along its route on the eastern portion of the county. Many of the people who once lived here left during the waves of Irish emigration, leaving County Roscommon behind for greener pastures overseas.