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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[citation needed] . 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.

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