Strokestown is a small town in Co. Roscommon with a population of less than 1,000 people, and is one of 27 designated Heritage Towns in Ireland.
“Strokestown" is a partial translation of the original Irish language name, Béal Atha na mBuillí, which meant "the mouth of the ford of the strokes”.
It is home to Strokestown Park House and National Famine Museum, an 18th-century mansion and expansive gardens with a museum containing records from the time of Ireland's Great Famine of 1845–1852.
The Strokestown International Poetry Festival, founded in 1999, takes place annually on the first weekend of May. The weekend provides a world-renowned forum for excellence in poetry. It provides an unforgettable experience and a thrilling immersion in contemporary poetry.