Carrigallen

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Carrigallen

Carraig Álainn
Town
Motto(s): 
As Lámha a Chéile
Carrigallen is located in Ireland
Carrigallen
Carrigallen
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°58′38″N 7°38′45″W / 53.9772°N 7.6458°W / 53.9772; -7.6458Coordinates: 53°58′38″N 7°38′45″W / 53.9772°N 7.6458°W / 53.9772; -7.6458
CountryIreland
ProvinceConnacht
CountyCounty Leitrim
Elevation
76 m (249 ft)
Population
(2016)[1]
 • Total387
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceH232031

Carrigallen (Irish: Carraig Álainn) is a small village in County Leitrim, Ireland. It is located on the R201 and R203 roads in the east of the county. The English translation of Carraig Álainn is "beautiful rock".[2]

As of 2016, the town has a population of 387, representing an increase of 0.77% since the previous census.[1]

Location[edit]

The village is set between the north and south shores of Town Lake in South Leitrim and is an excellent angling centre.

Killahurk Ring Fort can be reached 2 km from the village. The ringfort is 500m west of Carrigallen Lough and is a good example of an early medieval enclosure.[3]

History[edit]

St. Patrick is said to have passed through this region. While there he baptised followers at St. Patrick's holy well in Aghawillin and before leaving the region he blessed the ancient graveyard of Errew. The 16th century graveyard is situated about 2 miles east of Carrigallen overlooking Gulladoo Lake. Throughout at least the 19th and 20th centuries, a number of annual fairs were held at Carrigallen on – April 12, May 7, May 28, August 9, October 8, and December 31.[4][5]

Education[edit]

Theatre - The Corn Mill Theatre & Arts Centre[edit]

In the centre of the town is the Corn Mill theatre which has an extensive and varied programme of entertainment from drama (amateur and professional) to variety shows, music and poetry. The tradition of Drama in Carrigallen goes back to the late 1800s. The present group was founded in 1963 as The Community Players and there has been no break in activity since that time. In 1989 the group opened their own theatre - The Corn Mill Theatre and Arts Centre. In that year the name of the group was changed to the Corn Mill Theatre Company. In 1999 major renovations took place when the foyer, new dressing rooms, rehearsal and storage areas were built.

People[edit]

  • Margaret Haughery (1813–1882) known as "Margaret of New Orleans" lived here. Her birthplace, located in Tully, is a popular tourist attraction.
  • Seamus O'Rourke played Gaelic Football for Carrigallen and Leitrim. He is also an award-winning actor, writer, director and producer of award-winning plays such as Victor's Dung and Padraig Pott's Guide to Walking.
  • John Godley, 3rd Baron Kilbracken

Churches[edit]

  • Saint Mary Roman Catholic church, 1846
  • Church of Ireland church, 1814
  • The Presbyterian church, 1836

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sapmap Area: Settlements Carrigallen". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. 2016.
  2. ^ Longman (2011) [1819]. Traveller's New Guide Through Ireland, Containing a New and Accurate Description of the Roads (digitized from original in Lyon Public Library ed.). Longman.
  3. ^ Watsons (1830). The Gentleman's and citizen's almanack ... for the year (PDF). Dublin, Printed for S. Watson [etc.]
  4. ^ Longman 1819, pp. 405.
  5. ^ Watsons 1830.

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