Where to work?
The Leitrim business community is part of a proud tradition and has its roots in tourism, hospitality, agriculture and the services sector. Its vibrant business energy and commerce-friendly culture has attracted major investors for many years including AvantCard, MCI (Mirror Controls International), ElastoMetall, Cora Systems and Vistamed.
Based on data from the CSO Census of Population in 2016, the Western Development Commission has published an Info-graph showing some key statistics for Leitrim.
Its closeness to the largest urban centre in the North West, Sligo, means it has access to an airport, as well as a direct rail line to Ireland’s capital Dublin and the N4, a direct road route connecting the northwest and Dublin also.
Where to Live?
- “Dromahair is a friendly, clean and welcoming village with a great mix of people – from locals to people like myself who have moved there in recent years. Dromahair has quite an artistic and bohemian-like population which adds to the character of the village.” – Sean Kelly.
- “Manorhamilton has a great community, high percentage of artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians, many Irish speakers and Irish language events, Amazing landscapes and affordable housing. Good schools, many sports and outdoor pursuits, library, hospital, proximity to Sligo, Bundoran and Enniskillen.” – Sinead Dolan
- “Dromahair has loads of great amenities. I’m within walking distance of a school, shop, library, churches, pubs and restaurants. Great community spirit. Over 70 sole traders in the greater village area! Lots of events and great support from neighbours.” – Oonagh Monahan.
- “Carrick on Shannon has a good mix of people with wide range of interests, as well as areas of natural beauty and picturesque towns. Good amenities for families” – Sinead Dolan.
- “Kinlough, a vibrant community with an Eco-park on the shore of Lough Melvin, a community garden and a Primary School with a school garden and possibly the best restaurant in the North West, The Courthouse Restaurant with chef Piero Melis, who has a polytunnel for his salad leaves.” Hans Wieland
Hang Out At:
- “Spencer Harbour for relaxing and for swimming in the lake” – Jo Lewis.
- “Café Lounge in Carrick, Cafe Bia in Manorhamilton, The Oarsman for grub and Beirnes of Battlebridge for their chips and outdoor summer BBQ by the Shannon” – Barbara Smith.
- “Friday night Bluegrass session in Cryans Traditional Bar” – Zoe Dunne.
- “Stanford’s Inn for a great Guinness” – Sean Kelly.
- “Courthouse in Kinlough best for food.” – Hans Wieland, The Organic Centre.
Sweet Geranium Cafe in Drumshanbo
Luna in Dromahair for Sunday lunch, dinner or any day of the week!
The Old Rectory Country House and Fenagh Visitor Centre are a lesson in how to do it right in customer service!
Abbey Lodge Ballinamore, great accommodation & angling.
Ardvarney Country Lodge in Dromahair have a huge welcome & the friendliest sheep!
Overlook stunning Lough Allen with a stay at Drumkeeran Holiday Homes & a pint in Wynnes Bar Drumkeerin
Festivals & Events:
- Ballinamore Family Festival. When: 10-17th August. More Info: www.ballinamore.ie
- Five Glens Arts Festival. When: 20-23rd August. More Info: www.fiveglensartsfestival.com
- Manorhamilton Agricultural Show. When: July 25th. More Info: manorhamiltonshow.net
- Joe Mooney Summer School. When: 18-25th July. More Info: joemooneysummerschool.com
- O’Carolan Harp & Traditional Music Festival. When: August Bank Holiday Weekend. More Info: ocarolanharpfestival.ie
- Carrick Carnival Festival. When: 3rd-11th June. More Info: carrickcarnival.com
- Events at The Organic Centre include Potato Day, Biodiversity Day, Garden Party, Harvest Feast and Apple Day and the best weekend in Leitrim called: “Learn how to live the Good Life” over the August bank holiday weekend with sessions on gardening, using herbs, making cheese, foraging, preserving and cooking. Inspirational, entertaining and a lot of fun with a few surprises! theorganiccentre.ie