Video of Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim , Republic of Ireland
It has been regarded as the key to the west from Ulster for millennia as it is situated
on a fording point of the Shannon. In the vicinity of the nearby village of Drumsna,
on the County Roscommon border, may be seen remains of an Iron Age fortification,
which points to the long felt need to prevent incursions and raids from that quarter.
As an ancient stronghold of the O'Rourkes of Breifne and their ofttimes rivals, the
O'Raghnaills (Reynolds) of North Roscommon, the town was granted a royal charter
and named a borough with its own seal in 1607.
The remains of Carrick Castle can still be seen on the N4 By-Pass near the Carrick
Bridge. Signposted walking tours of the town allow visitors to discover its interesting
historical buildings, in particular the Workhouse and Famine Graveyard, Hatley Manor
(a restored Georgian period home of the St. George Family, now under the benevolent
care of MBNA), St George's Church of Ireland ( has an interactive Visitor Centre),
and the Costello Chapel which is believed to be the smallest chapel in Europe. The
Carrick-on-Shannon & District Historical Society is very active and holds monthly
lectures for members and the general public as well as running trips to various places.
Carrick-on-Shannon nestles on a scenic stretch of the Shannon and is also surrounded
by some of the most beautiful and unspoilt scenery in Ireland. It is the gateway
to the Shannon-Erne Waterway, Lough Key, Acres Lake and Lough Allen via the picturesque
villages of Cootehall, Knockvicar, Jamestown, Leitrim Village, Drumshanbo and Keshcarrigan
and is only a short distance away as are the spectacular Glens of North Leitrim.
Since its inception in 2005, the Festival has brought a range of musical talent to
Carrick-on-Shannon, the intention, to reinforce the image of the Northwest as a desirable
place to live, work and visit. In 2008 the festival was extended from a five day
event to a week long event.
Carrick-on-Shannon (Irish: Cora Droma Rúisc, meaning "the weir of the marshy ridge")
is the county town of County Leitrim in Ireland. It is also the smallest main county
town in the country . It is situated on a strategic crossing point
of the River Shannon and is the largest town in the county. The population of the
town was 3,163 in 2006. It is in the barony of Leitrim. and in the parish of Kiltoghert
in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise.