Small county, big heart. What it lacks for in size, Leitrim more than makes up for in energy and ambition and can offer beautiful, untouched countryside alongside busy small towns simply sparking with energy. A hidden gem in the West, Leitrim’s position on the river Shannon has always ensured it’s a favourite spot for tourists. Investors and businesses are now realising the benefits Leitrim can offer through its motivated and educated workforce backed up by a solid infrastructure connecting it with the rest of Ireland and beyond.

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.

County Statistics

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.

Well Connected?

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:
  • Five Glens Arts Festival. When: 20-23rd August. More Info:
  • Manorhamilton Agricultural Show. When: July 25th. More Info:
  • Joe Mooney Summer School. When: 18-25th July. More Info:
  • O’Carolan Harp & Traditional Music Festival. When: August Bank Holiday Weekend. More Info:
  • Carrick Carnival Festival. When: 3rd-11th June. More Info:
  • 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!

Organic Centre

Best Eats:

Sweet Geranium Cafe in Drumshanbo
Luna in Dromahair for Sunday lunch, dinner or any day of the week!

Where to stay:

  • 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

Insider Tips:

    • “If you like the outdoors and walking, the stretch of the Sligo way by the old Abbey in Dromahair is beautiful, plus the Blue Devon Pub is great for a nightcap with a dartboard and pool table, plus regular poker nights” – Charlotte Utting.
    • “Take in an exhibition or sign up for a course at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre” – Jo Lewis.
    • ”Visit The Dock in Carrick on Shannon, The Dock offers the best of contemporary art, music, theatre in beautiful gallery spaces and a bespoke performance space” – Paul Cunningham.
    • “Walking is great just about anywhere in Leitrim but my hidden favourite is O’Donnell’s Rock” – Noeleen Tyrrell.
    • “Paddle-board the Blueway with Leitrim Surf Company” – Zoe Dunne.
    • Lots of folks telling us that “Fowleys Falls in Rossinver is unmissable|.
    • “St. Catherine’s church in Fenagh is right beside Fenagh Abbey with the only intact window of its kind in Europe.”
    • “Kiltyclogher Holiday CentreKiltyclogher Heritage Centre & Sean MacDiarmada Homestead for a truly charming look at our history.”
    • “A tour of Manorhamilton Castle and lunch at Gurns Milestone Bar Manorhamilton will leave you more than happy with a visit to the lovely county!”
    • Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks offer a great #slowadventure, foraging, archaeology and hill walks in conjunction with Tawnylust Lodge Self Catering Accommodation Leitrim Ireland including Fowleys Falls & The Organic Centre
    • Parkes Castle and Manorhamilton Castle
    • Don’t miss the fab new Arroo Trail Head Walk in the beautiful Glenade Valley is a national trails approved route. It’s 8km in total.”
    • “Would add a #slowadventure with @tawnylustlodge and Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks, 4-star eco accommodation and 4-star guided forage on Fowleys Falls Rossinver.”
    • A visit to @ballroomrainbow in Glenfarne, a paddle, cycle & stay with Way to Go Adventures in #Fenagh.
    • “A visit to Ireland’s smallest chapel, St George’s in Carrick on Shannon is a must!”
    • “Sean MacDiarmadas cottage and @kiltyclogher_heritage_centre are absolutely charming!”

Visit the heart of Ireland’s Eco-Tourism Industry

  • The Organic Centre offers eco-tourism every weekend from end of February to the beginning of November with interesting and entertaining courses on gardening, food and crafts. Participants are served by the in-house Grass Roof Cafe, run by Aisling Stone, from Aislings Homecooked Food. Hans and Gaby arrived in Ireland more than 30 years ago, inspired by the Nearings from Vermont in the USA and now teach what they have done and still do every day to live a good and healthy life. This is a great Irish Holiday Break to experience the beauty of Co. Leitrim.
  • Ard Nahoo Eco Retreat was set up 13 years ago by Noeleen Tyrrell. Tucked away near Dromahair in North Leitrim, it’s a unique retreat, based around Eco Cabins stocked with antique furniture, wood pellet stoves and views of the rolling countryside. Indulge your inner yogi, soak in the outdoor hot tub overlooking Lough Nahoo, or indulge in a massage.


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This article is in no way comprehensive. If you have suggestions on how to improve it, please tell us.

Thanks To Our Contributors:

Barbara Smith, Chris Conefrey, Susan Carton, Noeleen Tyrrell, Teresa O’Callaghan, Thomas Cronin, Sean Kelly, Oonagh Monahan, Jackie Dimes, Ellie Spellman, Charlotte Utting, Sinead Dolan, Hans Wieland, Zoe Dunne and Jo Lewis.

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Leitrim – at a glance

  • Population


  • County Capital


  • Main Towns

    Ballinamore, Drumshanbo, Dromahair, Mohill.

  • Local Airport


  • Local Third-level Education Institute or University


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