Welcome To Carrick-on-Shannon

Carrick-on-Shannon, in County Leitrim on the border with County Roscommon, is boating country. Boats are available for hire to cruise down the Shannon, or to use for angling. Also available are river cruises with expert boaters on hand so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the cruise.
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Information Carrick-on-Shannon Ireland

Carrick-on-Shannon Rowing Club, established in the early half of the nineteenth century, has a clubhouse nearby. Since its inception, it has been one of the most important clubs of its kind in Ireland. The word “carrick” is an Anglicisation of the Irish word for “rock”. However, the actual Irish name for Carrick-on-Shannon is in fact Cora Droma Ruisc. This means “weir of the marshy ridge”. The town population stands at over three thousand – small, but still it’s the largest town in County Leitrim. The town doesn’t seem all that marshy, probably due to the enhancements made to the navigable waterways in the 1840s. The river was dredged and locks were constructed, with a bridge being built to replace what had once been a wooden structure. Carrick-on-Shannon was a hub of industry and commerce until the closure of the Grand Canal Company in 1960 – a transporting depot for manufacturing raw materials such as timber, and other products such as stout. Merchandise came from Dublin, Limerick and Athlone. For those more interested in the arts than in fish and boat related matters, a nineteenth century courthouse building, the Dock, has been refitted into a theatre space and venue, with three art galleries that house exhibitions. The Dock Arts Centre also houses artists’ studios and space for workshops. The Carrick Music festival also takes place in Carrick-in-Shannon, with an eclectic mix of different music types being showcased from Big Band and pop to more classical orchestras and musicians. The festival is usually held in August. There is also a golf club nearby – the area is called Woodbrook, but mustn’t be confused with Woodbrook Golf Club in County Wicklow.

Attractions Carrick-on-Shannon Ireland

Glencar Waterfall - Glencar Lough

Particularly impressive after rain. There are many more waterfalls visible from the road, although none quite as romantic as this one.

Glens Centre - Manorhamilton

New Line, Manorhamilton, the Glens Centre is a lively arts centre hosting a large number of classes and activities, concerts, drama, recitals and readings. It is the home of North Leitrim Glens Tourism Coop which organises fishing, hill walking etc.

Lough Rynn House - Mohill

Formerly the home of the Earls of Leitrim, the Lough Rynn estate is an intricate mingling of land and water. The notable mid-nineteenth century walled garden, with its terraces designed to catch the sun, no longer provides fruit and vegetables for an Earl's table.Its architectural features include a turreted summer house with splendid views over Lough Rynn. Lough Rynn House and Gardens has ornamental gardens, nature trails and a terraced walled garden which dates from 1859.

Parkes Castle - Five Mile Burren

This impressive manor house sits on the shores of one of Ireland's most beautiful lakes, Lough Gill. The splendour of Parkes Castle is immediately evident as you drive around the lake. Once an important stronghold of the local O'Rourke family, rulers of Breffni, Parkes Castle has been recently restored to its true 17th century style.

Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre - Drumshanbo

Provides audio-visual displays reflecting life, transport and industry between Arigna and the Sliabh an Iarainn mountains. Special emphasis is placed on the railway, canal, lakes, iron and coal mining. Sliabh an Iarainn, the beautiful rugged mountain of legend and song, lies behind Drumshanbo.