Carrick on Shannon
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The population of the town was 3,163 in 2006.
It is the largest town in County Leitrim and also the administrative county town.
Ancient stronghold of the O’Rourke’s of Breffni and their oft-times rivals, the O’Raghnaills of North Roscommon, Carrick 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.
Carrick is steeped in history and signposted walking tours of the town allow you 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 with its interactive Visitor Centre.
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 the most 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.
The 240km Shannon Erne Waterway, is a series of lakes and rivers linked by canal from the River Shannon at Leitrim, through Cavan and into Lough Erne in Fermanagh.
This waterway has become extremely popular with visitors and locals alike and cruisers can be rented in Carrick-on-Shannon.
There is a great choice of accommodation, pubs restaurants and activities in and around the town, which in recent years has been rejuvenated by tax incentives to restore old buildings and create new residential and commercial development.