Leitrim – Explore Experience Enjoy…
Linger at the waterside pubs & restaurants, relax as if there was no tomorrow. Enjoy the gentle humour of the people, the companionship. Hear the splash of a trout; the song of the thrush or savour the sound of silence…. In Carrick on Shannon, the county town, visit the Costello chapel , one of the smallest in Europe. In North Leitrim visit Glencar waterfall which inspired Yeats or Parkes Castle near Dromahair the home of the Parkes family in the 17th century. Leitrim is defined by water, which influences both the county’s character and the activities that take place in the county. The Shannon Erne Waterway, Europe’s longest inland navigable waterway, stretches through the county.
County Leitrim takes its name from the village of the same name situated close to the River Shannon. The 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 common place name in Ireland as we find over forty “Leitrims”, either as townlands, villages or streets in the country.There are several beautiful lakes of which the best known are Lough Gill, Lough Allen, Lough Garadice, Lough Glenade, Lough Rynn, Lough MacNean and Lough Melvin the western shores of which are in County Leitrim. Many of the smaller lakes are also picturesque.
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