Leitrim, County Leitrim

Leitrim, County Leitrim

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Leitrim, County Leitrim

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Leitrim () is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland.

Access and transport

It is located on the River Shannon at the junction of the R280 and R284 regional roads and is connected to the River Erne via the Shannon-Erne Waterway. Leitrim village is the gateway to the Shannon-Erne Waterway and boasts a jetty with excellent facilities for the cruising traffic which passes through. The village is just over 5km from Carrick-on-Shannon and 155km from Dublin.


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 in medieval times and was a place of some strategic importance as the river nearby is comparatively shallow and narrow and therefore easily forded.

1540: The castle of Leitrim was erected by O'Rourke (Brian, the son of Owen) while a great war waged against him on every side, namely, in Moylurg, Muintir-Eolais, and Breifney-O'Rourke; and his own son and a party of the men of Breifney were also at war with him.He finished the castle in a short time, and destroyed a great portion of Moylurg on his way to Drumshanbo in 1569.

Modern times

Successive Finance Acts during the 1990s encouraged the building of hotels and holiday houses in designated deprived rural areas. The village way a large beneficiary of these tax incentives. The resultant explosive growth in the period between 2002 and 2007 saw several large complexes of self catering apartments blocks being erected around the...
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