Cloonfad is a small village where the west of Roscommon meets Mayo and Galway. Derived from 'Cluain Fada', meaning 'long meadow', Cloonfad is a rural area on the crossroads of the N83 that runs from Knock Airport to Tuam, and the R327 regional road.
A series of seven interconnected walking routes are a particular feature of note in the area. The Cloonfad Scenic Walks total 25km in an unspoilt landscape, and the Derrylahan Loop is a nationally recognised looped walk.
Monsignor Horan, who would go on to oversee the building of Knock Airport spent time as the priest in Cloonfad, where he upgraded the church, originally built in 1934.
Cloonfad has a rich sporting history with a handball club that dates back to the 1930s and a large indoor alley, a soccer club that has seen success on a provincial level and many GAA players representing parish club Michael Glaveys and the Roscommon football team.