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Leitrim, County Leitrim

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Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°59′27″N 8°03′49″W / 53.9908°N 8.0636°W / 53.9908; -8.0636Coordinates: 53°59′27″N 8°03′49″W / 53.9908°N 8.0636°W / 53.9908; -8.0636
CountyCounty Leitrim
70 m (230 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceG958046

Leitrim (Irish: Liatroim)[2] is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland, on the River Shannon near the border with County Roscommon. It is at the junction of the R280 and R284 regional roads.

River access

Located on the River Shannon, Leitrim village is connected to the River Erne via the Shannon-Erne Waterway. The river port has a quay, several jetties and two marinas, with facilities for the cruising traffic. The village is about 5 kilometres (3 mi) from Carrick-on-Shannon.

Modern development

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Leitrim village marina
Leitrim village marina

Successive Finance Acts during the 1990s encouraged the building of hotels and holiday houses in designated deprived rural areas. The village was 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 apartment blocks being erected around the marinas, one of which was funded by the International Fund for Ireland under the auspices of the Anglo-Irish Agreement. It is a well kept village with an excellent record in the Tidy Towns competition, and on one occasion, actually won the title. Leitrim village is an ideally located base from which to explore surrounding attractions such as the Arigna Mining Experience, Lough Rynn, Lough Key Forest Park, the Shannon-Erne Blueway and the nearby County Town of Carrick on Shannon.




The village had 274 residents in 1834.[3] In 2016, the population was 594.[1]


From the Early modern period, County Leitrim is named after the village. Throughout at least the 19th and 20th centuries, numerous annual fairs were held at Leitrim village on- 22 January, 20 February, 25 March, 5 May, 16 June, 23 July, September 1 (or 3rd), 13 October, and 1 December.[3][4][5] In 1925, Leitrim village comprised 30 houses with 5 being licensed to sell alcohol.[6]

Liatroim was a strategically important ford of the River Shannon connecting Ulster and Connacht. The Irish Annals makes mention of Leitrim village (Irish: Liath-druim) many times. In 1270 the Battle of Áth an Chip between Normans and Connacht probably occurred on Drumhierney townland beside Battle-bridge.

The county itself is named after the village of Leitrim near the River Shannon, which was an important stronghold during the Ó Ruairc (O'Rourke) family reign. The name 'Leitrim' itself is derived from the Irish Liath Druim, meaning 'grey ridge', and is a common place name throughout Ireland.

See also

References and notes



  1. ^ a b "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Leitrim". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Liatroim/Leitrim". Placenames Database of Ireland. Government of Ireland - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City University. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b Wright 1834, pp. 24.
  4. ^ Longman 1819, pp. 405.
  5. ^ Watsons 1830.
  6. ^ Irish Free State 1925, pp. 31.

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