Leitrim, County Leitrim

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Leitrim is located in Ireland
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
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Leitrim
Elevation 70 m (230 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 485
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference G958046

Leitrim (Irish: Liatroim) is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland.

Access and transport[edit]

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 5 km from Carrick-on-Shannon and 155 km from Dublin.


County Leitrim takes its name from the village.

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 village 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[edit]

Leitrim village marina
May 2nd, 2010

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 apartments blocks being erected around the mariana which was itself 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 it won the title once. Leitrim village is well situated as a base from which to explore the upper Shannon and County Leitrim.




The village had over 618 residents by 2002. This number had increased to 1,033 by 2006.[citation needed]

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