County Leitrim takes its name from the village of the same name situated close to the River Shannon. Leitrim village was an O’Rourke stronghold during the Medieval period and was a place of some strategic importance as the river nearby is comparatively shallow and narrow and therefore easily forded.
The Irish form of Leitrim – ‘Liath Druim’– means the grey ridge and is a commonplace name in Ireland as we find over forty “Leitrims”, either as townlands, villages or streets in the country.
The county town is Carrick on Shannon (famed for having the highest number of pubs per capita anywhere in Ireland). Here you can visit the smallest chapel in Europe – the Costello chapel. Another must-see is Parkes Castle near Dromahair where one can take in Lough Gill at the same time.
Leitrim is defined by water. This influences both the county’s character and the activities that take place here.
- The Shannon Erne Waterway, Europe’s longest inland navigable waterway, stretches through the county.
- The western shores of several beautiful lakes (to include Lough Gill, Lough Allen, Lough Garadice, Lough Glenade, Lough Rynn, Lough MacNean and Lough Melvin) are in County Leitrim.
- Lough Gill where WB Yeats got his inspiration for his poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’. Glencar waterfall also inspired Yeats.
Here you can hear the splash of a trout; the song of the thrush or savour the sound of silence…. Or linger at the waterside pubs & restaurants and enjoy the gentle humour of the people, the companionship.
|Address||The Old Barrel Store, Carrick On Shannon Leitrim, Co. Leitrim, Ireland|
|Phone||+353 71 962 0170|
|Parish(es)||Leitrim Carrick on Shannon (Leitrim)|
|Category (ies)||Local Organisation|