Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim’s county town, with a population of 4,000, was granted a Royal Charter by King James in 1613.
Known in Irish as ‘Cora Droma Rúisc’ (the stony ford of the ridge in the marsh), the town is located on the River Shannon and was a busy place for trade until the last barge arrived on the quay in 1959. Carrick-on-Shannon is a popular holiday destination with a particular emphasis on river cruising, and is the gateway to the Shannon Erne waterway, Lough Key and Lough Allen.
Popular attractions include the Costello Chapel which is the smallest chapel in Ireland and contains the remains of Edward Costello and his wife. The town is the birthplace of M.J. McManus and Susan Langstaff Mitchell, both writers and poets.