Mohill is named for St Manachan who founded a monastery here in 500AD. The town built up around the settlement and ownership of the town passed to the Croftons and the Clements Family had lands in the area around the town. The Clements family built Lough Rynn House and Gardens and were also the owners of a residence in Dublin which today is known as Aras an Uachtarain. Lough Rynn House and Gardens are today a 4 star hotel.
Today the town plays host to the Mohill Agricultural show which will celebrate it 90th year in August 2017. There is also a Summer Festival annually in the town during August. Past guests have included Declan O’Rourke, Mary Coughlan and John Spillane.
Turlough O’Carolan, the early Irish Harper, composer and singer is closely associated with the town and Hyde Street in the town is named after Douglas Hyle, first President of Ireland, whose father and grandfather lived on the street.
Historic sites of Mohill
Though born at Nobber Co. Meath, he settled at the age of 18 on the St. George estate near Carrick-on-Shannon. Leitrim and North Roscommon were his base for the rest of his life and lived in Mohill for a period of time.
At the age of 22 he was struck blind by smallpox. Encouraged by his patron, he turned to music as a career. O’Carolan produced over 200 works, much of it scattered all over the world and adapted for opera and other works/ He died there on March 25th 1738 at the age of 68 and was buried in Kilronan Cemetery, near Ballyfarnon County Roscommon.