Carrick on Shannon (Leitrim)
Carrick on Shannon is the county town of County Leitrim and is situated on the Roscommon-Leitrim border, on a strategic and scenic crossing point of the river Shannon. The town is seen as the 'key to the West' in Ulster and has been for generations.
The town has hosted national and international fishing competitions and is acknowledged as a haven for anglers with no fewer than 41 unrestricted lakes within a 10 km radius of Carrick. A variety of fish including pike, perch, eel, trout and more occupy the lakes and boats, live bait and fishing maps are all available throughout the town.
Carrick Bridge was built in 1846 and took the place of a nine arch stone bridge, which itself was put in place instead of a wooden structure. For more than a century Carrick was a major depot for river trade, where essential supplies, including and especially Guinness stout, were transported to the area and beyond from Dublin, Athlone and Limerick. Carrick also boasts an annual weeklong music festival, an arts centre and a number of historic churches. There are also a number of sporting facilities in the region including golf courses, a rowing club, soccer, GAA and rugby clubs.
Renowned Irish author John McGahern, best known for his novel 'Amongst Women' lived near Carrick on Shannon in his youth and won a scholarship to attend the Presentation Brothers secondary school in the town. He continued to excel in education and won a further scholarship for his Leaving Certificate results.