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Elphin is a town in the north of County Roscommon, situated between Roscommon Town and County Sligo at the southern tip of a triangle with Boyle and Carrick on Shannon. It's name is derived from "Ail Finn" which means "rock of the clear spring".

St Patrick is believed to have visited Elphin on his travels during which time he consecrated its first church and ordained its first bishop, Asicus, who would become the patron saint of Elphin. St Patrick is also believed to have opened an episcopal monastry or college in the town.

The Elphin Diocesan School, also known as 'The Latin School' has some famous ex students including the poet Oliver Goldsmith and Sir William Wilde, eye surgeon and father of Oscar Wilde. Other famous people from the area include songwriter and entertainer Percy French, playwright Arthur Murphy and Luke O'Conner who was awarded the Victoria Cross during the Crimean War.

Elphin is surrounded by legend and mystery, the mythological figure Oisin fell from his horse close to Elphin on his return from Tir na nOg and the town is also close to Cruachan, the Celtic home of Queen Maeve. It is also reputed that the riches of Ned Kelly are buried outside the town, whether this is the case or if it is just a rumour born of Elphin humour remains to be seen, but the famous treasures have not been found yet!