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DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS

DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS

Outdoor Explorers, Families & Fishermen


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS

DRUMSHANBO TOWN

& FESTIVALS

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Nestling on the southern shore of Lough Allen, and hugged by the mythical Sliabh an Iarainn and Arigna Mountains, Drumshanbo is set in an area of special beauty. The name ‘Drumshanbo’ comes from the Irish ‘Droim-Sean-Both’, meaning “the ridge of the old hut”. The town is twinned with Locquirec in Brittany in the North West of France. Archaeological evidence indicates that people first came to the Lough Allen region during the late Stone Age / early Bronze Age period ( 3,500 - 3,000 BC ). The Tuatha De Danaan were the fifth wave of invaders to come to Ireland. They ruled from 1897BC to 1700BC. Later, they went underground into the ‘ hollow ‘ mountain of Sliabh an Iarainn and other mountains, and into the hills of Ireland such as our own Sheemore and Sheebeg. Here they became the fairies or little people of later folklore. Sliabh an Iarainn (Iron Mountain) and the Furnace Hill are timeless reminders of this area’s prominence as a source and a producer of iron for over a thousand years until 1765. Thereafter, this area became renowned as one of the largest producer of coal in Ireland until the Arigna mines closed in 1990. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Drumshanbo gained a fame or notoriety as a “busy” centre for the production of poitín (illicit alcohol). The Franciscan Convent of Perpetual Adoration (The Poor Clares) in Drumshanbo has earned the respect and gratitude of people worldwide for the piety of its nuns and their support to all who have sought their prayers and help since the Convent’s foundation in 1864. From 1888 to 1959, Drumshanbo was a lively station on the Cavan - Leitrim Narrow Gauge Railway. Lough Allen and the surrounding lakes and rivers has always been highly regarded by anglers from Ireland, U.K. and Europe. Drumshanbo is also home to many festivals and events including the renowned festivals of An Tóstal (1953 to the present day) and The Joe Mooney Summer School (1989 to the present day).


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ENTERPRISE CENTRE


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Packie Duignan Weekend

St. Patricks Day Festival

PACKIE DUIGNAN WEEKEND

ST. PATRICK’S FESTIVAL

DATE OF FESTIVAL – LAST WEEKEND IN JANUARY Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim is best known in musical circles as the home of the Joe Mooney Summer School but it has another string to its bow. Every January, Packie Duignan Weekend is held in Drumshanbo in memory of the great, local concert flute player, Packie Duignan from Arigna. He was known the length and breadth of the country by exponents and followers of traditional music. This weekend was started in January 2007 by Maria Murphy (Dublin) and Sean McCrystal (Derry). Musicians come from Dublin, Belfast, Derry , Roscommon, Longford, Fermanagh, Donegal, Leitrim, etc. to celebrate one of the great interpreters of Irish Music. With Traditional music on the Friday and Saturday nights in pubs in Drumshanbo, workshops on the Saturday and Boxty Brunch on the Sunday morning! Drumshanbo Comhaltas Branch also host Trad nights during the year especially at Christmas time, and every five years or so we also host the County Fleadh in Drumshanbo. Contact Maura Murphy on 087 299 2449 email bellanaboy@yahoo.ie facebook / Drumshanbo Comhaltas

DATE OF FESTIVAL – MARCH 17TH Every March 17th DRUMSHANBO TOWN & Festivals roll out the green carpet for all our visitors and friends as we welcome everyone to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us. The parade is always well supported with floats from local businesses, the local national school, the community and the sporting groups. Pipe bands also attend Irish music and dancing also plays a big part in the parade with various groups providing traditional tunes and beautiful steps to entertain our visitors and friends. There are always plenty of hot toddies, craic agus ceol afterwards to warm up the cockles of your heart. So be sure and join us for what always is a great day’s entertainment. Lá le Pádraig sona daoibh go Léir! For information www.drumshanbo.ie or contact PJ on + 353 (86) 6043902


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS An Tóstal Festival

AN TÓSTAL FESTIVAL DATE OF FESTIVAL – JUNE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND EVERY YEAR

OTHER EVENTS AN TOSTAL HOSTS EACH YEAR ARE:

An Tóstal, The Original Gathering, inaugurated in 1953 to depict the varied aspects of Irish life and culture throughout the country, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim is the only centre where An Tóstal Festival has continued every year.

An Tóstal Feis This popular Irish Dance competition takes place annually in Drumshanbo

An Tóstal Festival is one of the central festival attractions in the North West. Hundreds of events have been added to keep the festival fresh and contemporary down through the years while still paying homage to this wealth of Irish culture. These have included Maypole dancing, soap box derbies, and even an All Star Variety Show.

AN TÓSTAL VINTAGE DAY Held on the Sunday of the May bank holiday weekend.

please check out for more details or contact Odette Lynch (Feis Secretary) 086 382 5961 or Tracy O’Neill T.C.R.G. 087 687 0316.

For more details please contact. 086 858 1848 For information www.antostalfestival.ie

Some events have gone on to become the backbone of the current festival including the fishing competition which has featured in almost every An Tóstal since the festival’s inception in 1953.

AnTostal Celebration


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Joe Mooney Summer School

JOE MOONEY SUMMER SCHOOL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC, SONG AND DANCE DATE OF FESTIVAL – 3rd full week in July each year Twenty five years a-growing and now in full bloom.The story of its growth is both interesting and amazing. It began back in 1989 when a seed was sown in the town of Drumshanbo by a group of people with a vision to promote the unique style of Leitrim traditional music especially in flute and fiddle playing. From small beginnings,the Mooney School as it is locally known, has grown organically from year to year to become widely known and highly regarded on the traditional calendar. Daily workshops in music. song and dance with tutors of the highest calibre are the spine of The Joe Mooney Summer School Week, with evening talks and recitals and nightly Set Dancing Céilithe and impromptu sessions adding to the traditional experience for one and all. The town of Drumshanbo with its unique High St - a natural stage for a traditional session - and the legendary hospitality of the Leitrim people will guarantee that all visitors will get a Céad Míle Fáilte For information www.joemooneysummerschool.com Contact details info@joemooneysummerschool.com Accommodation details accommodation@joemooneysummerschool.com

Dancing on the high street


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Halloween Haunted House

Christmas in Drumshanbo

HALLOWEEN HAUNTED HOUSE

CHRISTMAS IN DRUMSHANBO

DATE OF EVENT – October 31st Every Halloween night, terrified screams ring out through the deserted streets of this haunted town. Only the very brave walk alone once night has fallen, because in Drumshanbo, you can be sure the footsteps you hear behind you, are not your own.

DATE OF FESTIVAL – December 8th

The cries of the undead fill the air amidst the rattles of the chains of the damned.

We always manage to attract Santa Claus for a special visit to turn on the lights and over the years he has arrived on various modes of transports including a horse and trap, tractor and trailer and a Garda motorbike just to mention a few. Santa’s arrival always brings a large crowd to Drumshanbo but he always has time to meet and greet each child.

On the edge of this forsaken town lies a thrill seeker’s paradise, an abandoned house which is home to all of your nightmares and those that you have yet to dream. In the shadows of the deserted churchyard, the knell of the church bell calls those who refuse to rest out from the shadows to play for one night. Hosts of ghoulish creatures gather round smouldering fires while the rest play hide and seek with their victims. A game you will never forget. As you enter through the graveyard, you are warned to stay together and not stray off the lighted path as nobody knows for sure, how far into the darkness you may go or what lies in wait...

For information www.antostalfestival.ie

The Christmas period is a cheerful and joyous time for families all over the world. Here in Drumshanbo we kick-start the festive season with the turning on of our Christmas lights. This usually occurs on the weekend of the 8th of December.

For the duration of the Christmas season the businesses of the town offer a wide variety of Christmas gifts and necessities for all your Christmas needs. Why not relax in one of the many pubs where a warm fire, good company and a great nights entertainment awaits. There is also carol service at Christmas.

For information www.drumshanbo.ie


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS

MUSIC & PUBS

AROUND THE TOWN


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS CONWAY’S CORNER HOUSE

OLIVIA D’S

CONWAY’S CORNER HOUSE

OLIVIA D’S

Main Street, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim LEITRIM PUB OF THE YEAR 2012. Old style traditional Bar in the centre of Drumshanbo. Big Screen with all sports events shown. Parties Catered for. Warm Leitrim Welcome to all. Wheelchair accessible 8 seater and 6 seater taxis available at reasonable rates. Distance no object and 24 hours service.

Contact Details 071 964 0940 THE WELCOME INN

Contact Details

Tel: 071 964 1020 or 087 940 8250 HENRYS HAVEN BAR & RESTAURANT

HENRYS HAVEN BAR AND RESTAURANT Convent Avenue Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Delicious home cooked lunch menu daily. Friendly atmosphere and a warm welcome to all. Music at the weekends and in the evenings around festival times. James Joyce Award 2002 Dining Pub Contact Details

High Street, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Live Music, Smoking Area, Outdoor Seated Area at the back, Pool Table and Darts. Live Music at the weekends and during festival times. Olivia D’s has a lively atmosphere and a warm welcome to all.

of the Year 2000/01/02/03/04.

Tel: 071 964 1805 or 086 841 6219 BERRY’S TAVERN

BERRY’S TAVERN High Street, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Weekend music and karaoke. Function available and parties and family gatherings catered for Contact Details: 071 964 1070

THE WELCOME INN Church Street, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Contact Details: Tel: 071 964 1096 MONICA’S

MONICA’S High Street, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim

Music on every Monday night Contact Details: 071 964 1460 THE MILLRACE

THE MILLRACE Main Street, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim

Music on every Tuesday and Friday night Contact Details: 071 964 1481


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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND SIGHT SEEING


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS

LOUGH ALLEN FISHING

Drumshanbo is a picturesque town that sits at the most northerly navigable point of the River Shannon, dipping its toes in Lough Allen and resting its elbows on the Arigna Mountains and Sliabh an Iarainn. Lough Allen provides great variety for the angler with plenty of bays, shallow and deep stretches, a few islands, a pier and lots more. Rudd, Perch, Bream, Roach and Hybrids, abound and where the Roach are to be found, large Pike are not far away, because this is one of Irelands premium Pike waters. There is no closed season for coarse angling in Ireland and a hearty Drumshanbo welcome and the great match fishing experienced by coarse anglers is complemented by the numerous cultural events

that take place during the year in Drumshanbo. While festivals provide companionship to those who like to fish in company, Irish coarse fishing also offers solitude and tranquillity on miles of unspoilt waters. Please visit www.allen.ie for details of upcoming festivals and competitions and Check out www.fishinginireland.info for areas to fish around Drumshanbo

SCOLLAN’S BAIT

SCOLLAN’S BAIT AND TACKLE SHOP Above GALA Convenience Store in Drumshanbo One stop shop for all of your shooting, hunting and fishing supplies. Contact: Tel: 071 964 0882

Tranquillity on miles of unspoilt waters.


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS

LOUGH ALLEN EDUCATIONAL CENTRE AND ANGLING CLUB Curraghill, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim (Close to the hotel) Situated in the Northwest of Ireland on the shores of Lough Allen, only 14 km from the bustling town of Carrick-on-Shannon, this centre is just a short walk to the town of Drumshanbo. So be assured whatever the reason for your visit, Lough Allen Education Centre at Lough Allen in Drumshanbo offers great value for money at any time of year. The Centre has a large reception area which looks out on to Lough Allen affording panoramic views of the Lough and Sliabh an Iarainn Mountain range. Lough Allen is well known for fishing and sailing. There are also a number of major walks in the region. At Lough Allen Centre the accommodation consists of eight en-suite bedrooms with 3 bunk beds to a room. Caters for up to 48 guests. Meals can be arranged at reception. Water sports holidays can take many forms on Lough Allen. Whether you fancy a relaxing sailing holiday, or you want to learn canoeing,

or fishing with your family or group or like the idea of kayaking or windsurfing holidays, or just visiting the area on holidays or just passing through you can enjoy a session for 3 hours from e20 per person and cruiser trips for e10 per person on Lough Allen. Rent a fishing boat with an engine for e60 for a session. At the Lough Allen Centre we offer a huge choice of water-activity holidays to suit every taste and every age group. All are at great prices for Canadian canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, team building games, pike angling, trout fishing and coarse angling. Hill-Waking guides are also available Bed and Breakfast e20 Family Rooms e60 per night. Boats to Rent / Gillies on Request Contact Details:

Tel: 087 631 2708 email: info@allen.ie Web: www.allen.ie or www.discoverloughallen.com


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Adventure Centre

Drumshanbo

LOUGH ALLEN

ADVENTURE CENTRE Ballinaglera, Co. Leitrim Lough Allen Adventure Centre is a provider of windsurfing, kayaking, team games, archery and other adventure activities. It caters for a wide variety of clients, including Hen and Stag parties, private groups, families, school groups, Gaisce, and instructor training. Lough Allen Adventure also has many years experience running summer camps for children 8-16. These are available in the months of July and August. It provides training along with the activities with qualified instructors. Family Discounts/Open all year round.

Contact Details: Tel: 087 275 6495 / 071 964 3292 Web: www.loughallenadventure.com facebook: lough allen adventure

ACRES LAKE

Acres Lake, Co. Leitrim Acres Lake Amenity is a well-maintained amenity area including an open-air heated swimming pool which is open during the summer months, tennis courts and children’s adventure playground. . Mooring . Fishing . Tennis Courts . Open-air heated swimming pool . Children’s Adventure Playground Waterways Ireland provides the public mooring at Acres Lake free of charge to registered boats. A five day mooring limit applies and is enforced by the Waterways Ireland Inspectorate. For more information about mooring on the Shannon, registration or other waterway queries.

check out www.waterwaysireland.org

Mooring

WYNNE’S BAY

Located on Lough Allen, this is a small bay on the southern shore of the lake. The facilities here include mooring and toilet facilities as well as access to Acres Lake. Mooring . Fishing . Rest Rooms . Access to Acres Lake

With only a short walk to Drumshanbo it is a great place to moor for a few days especially during festival times.


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Walks

Walks

SLIABH AN IARAINN WALKS MINER’S WAY WALKS For historical enthusiasts there’s also the Miner’s Way. This walk and historical Trail is a network of paths that wind their way through adjoining parts of counties Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo. The Miner’s Way follows many of the paths used by the miners who went to work in the Arigna coalmines. The third loop connects the Miners Way to the Leitrim Way and goes around Lough Allen by Drumkeeran, Dowra, Ballinaglera, Drumshanbo and back to Arigna. For maps and more details about this and more walks around Drumshanbo please go to www.irishtrails.ie Mountain Details Height: Mapsheet: Latitude: ITM:

585 metres OS 1/50k 26 for top Grid Ref: H01876 15929 54.092521 Longitude: -7.972100 601825 815936

Bike Rental

EXPLORE DRUMSHANBO BY BIKE? Moran’s Cycles, in Convent Avenue in Drumshanbo supply Mountain Bikes, Touring Bikes, Helmets and Panniers with FREE delivery to the Drumshanbo area. Contact: Tel: 071 964 1974

The area surrounding Drumshanbo is mountainous and hilly and there are excellent marked trails for walking enthusiasts, some of which are suitable for cyclists. Guarding the south-eastern shores of Lough Allen, 585m-high Sliabh An Iarainn is one of the best known summits in Leitrim. The peak is commonly known by its Irish name, Sliabh An Iarainn, which translates as ‘the iron mountain’ and provides a clue to the role the hill has played in recent history. Many walking routes around Lough Allen have been signposted. For the more adventurous, the Leitrim Way (Slí Liatroma) is a 48-km walk between Drumshanbo, Dowra, and Manorhamilton. A series of way-marked walks have been developed with walks ranging from 20-30 minutes to longer outings of a couple of hours. Each walk is documented with a colour map and brief notes on route-finding, local and natural history. For more details on these walks please go to www.leitrimwalks.com for maps and more details. Sliabh An Iarainn Walks


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS WALKS


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Heritage & Nature

Heritage & Nature

ST JOHN’S CHURCH OF IRELAND-DRUMSHANBO Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim This gothic structure dates back to 1829.

FAMINE GRAVEYARD Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Some 500 victims of the Great Famine (1845/47) are thought to have been buried here.

CRANNOGS - LOUGH ALLEN Blackrock, Co. Leitrim Near Blackrock, which facilitates boat access from the canal to Lough Allen, Crannog (lake dwellings) can be seen when the lake levels are low. These consist of stones arranged ovally and circularly in a raised formation off the shoreline.

THE LOUGH ALLEN BASIN The Lough Allen Basin contains a unique landscape of lakes, mountains, cliffs, moorlands and bogs. There are a number of very rare plants and animals found here including the Irish Lady’s Tresses Orchid, and Ice Age relict fish, Pollan. For more information please visit www.loughallenbasin.com

SLIABH AN IARAINN VISITOR CENTRE

Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Sliabh an Iarainn Visitor Centre provides audio-visual displays about the Arigna and the Sliabh an Iarainn mountains’ area, in Drumshanbo County Leitrim, with special emphasis on the railway, the canal, lakes, iron and coal mining. The audio-visual show, lasting twelve minutes, takes visitors through the sights and scenes of lakes, mountains and towns, highlighting the beauty of this land of legend and wonder. The Centre also has a display depicting miners at work and a reconstruction of a sweat house which was used in olden times as a cure for aches and pains. The Cavan and Leitrim railway era is recalled through the recreation of a typical waiting room, railway ticket and many fine pictures of the railway. Sliabh an Iarainn, the beautiful rugged mountain of legend and song, lies behind Drumshanbo. Drumshanbo Library is open from Tuesday to Saturdays (closed Monday’s) Contact Details: Tel: 071 964 0678 Opening hours: April – October. Mon – Fri: 9.00 – 17.00


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Equestrian

MOORLANDS EQUESTRIAN CENTRE Curraghill, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim (located in the hotel grounds) The shores of Lough Allen near Drumshambo is the scenic location of the Moorlands Equestrian Centre, a perfect setting for horse riding or pony trekking. Established twenty years ago this centre provides a comprehensive range of activities, which include all aspects of equestrian sport. It is an outstanding facility from the novice to the advanced rider. Its scenic, off-road setting, between Sliabh an Iarainn and the Arigna mountains, provides a perfect base for lessons, treks, cross-country ride-outs, hunting and pony camps. Open all year round for mountain trails, lakeside rides or cross-country treks. Contact details: Tel: 071 964 1500 Email: info@moorlands.ie Web: www.moorlands.ie Facebook: moorlandsequestriancentre

THE LEITRIM PONY CLUB Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim

The Irish Pony Club endeavours to promote and encourage horsemanship and loyalty in a safe and fun atmosphere, for all its members and volunteers. check out www.leitrimponyclub.com

THE LEITRIM RIDING CLUB Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim

The leitrim riding club welcome people at all levels whether it is to compete or join in treks & outings. The more the merrier! They spread lessons across all disciplines. Please visit facebook LEITRIM-RIDING-CLUB or contact 086 067 4694 with any inquiries.

THE LEITRIM HARRIERS meet regularly please contact hunt secretary on 086 220 6112 for more details.

THE HORSE MART in Drumshanbo takes place on the last Saturday of each month and is a great place to pick up any equestrian equipment you may need.


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Places to visit near Drumshanbo

Places to visit near Drumshanbo

ARIGNA MINING EXPERIENCE

ELECTRIC BIKE TRAILS

Arigna, Co Roscommon

Electric and Conventional Bike Hire - Cycle with a smile.

The unique Arigna Mining Experience Centre preserves the energy heritage of the Arigna Valley and allows visitors an insight into coal-mining life in Roscommon and Leitrim from the 1700s until its closure in 1990. A typical visit includes a 45-minute underground tour with a local ex-miner as a guide. Sound and lighting effects create an authentic mining experience. Visitors also visit the exhibition space, machinery display, and an excellent photo archive. The centre is fully accessible and is an all weather facility. The Arigna Mining Experience and its top quality guided tour are located in North Roscommon close to the borders of Sligo and Leitrim, only 8Km from Drumshanbo on the Drumkeeran Road. It is open all year round. Contact Details: Tel: 071 964 6466 Email: tours@arignaminingexperience.ie Web: www.arignaminingexperience.ie Facebook: www.facebook.com /arignaminingexperience Twitter: @arignaminingexp

Main Street, Leitrim Village, Leitrim

Put the fun and enjoyment back into cycling. Pedal the bike at your own pace and get battery assistance when you need it. Hire an electric bike to explore the beautiful countryside of Leitrim and North Roscommon on our specially selected trails. A range of bikes, child seats, carts and accessories as well as safety gear are provided for a fun day out. Only 6 Km from Drumshanbo on the Carrick-on-Shannon Road. Opening Times: Easter to October daily 9.00 to 6.00 Mon –Sat, Sun 12.00 to 6.00 November to Easter Wed to Sat 10.00 to 5.00 Sun Contact Details: Tel: 071 9623609 or 087 7386439 Email: info@electricbiketrails Web: www.electricbiketrails.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElectricBikeTrails


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Places to visit near Drumshanbo

Places to visit near Drumshanbo

MOUNT ALLEN ORGANIC FARM

CARRICK INDOOR SHOOTING & ARCHERY

3KM from Drumshanbo on the R280

Main Street, Leitrim Village, Leitrim

With rare orchids and biodiversity of international standard with woodlands, wetlands & 2 miles of lakeshore.

20 lanes of Airsoft Shooting with a range of hand guns, rifles and machine guns 20 lanes of Archery.

Farm Walk guided by Organic Farmer Tommy Earley.

Packages available for Hens, Stags birthday parties and family fun days out.

Please contact for more details Walks by arrangement Contact: Tommy: + 353 (0) 86 253 6672

Suitable for all ages 8 to 80+ Prices range from €10 to €35 pp.

Places to visit near Drumshanbo

BALLINAGLERA A village about 13km from Drumshanbo on the Dowra Road. The Lough Allen Outdoor Pursuits Centre is situated near here. The Kingfisher Cycle Trail also passes through the village. Ballinaglera hosts a Sweat House, Holy Wells, a ‘Giants Grave’ and many ring forts. Rynn’s and Mulvey’s Traditional Old Irish Pubs are also in the village. For more details check out www.ballinaglera.com Places to visit near Drumshanbo

An indoor activity for all weather conditions. Open all year round. Pre-booking recommended. Contact: Tel: 071 9623609 or 086 8288747 Web: www.carrickindoorshooting.com facebook: www.facebook.com/CarrickIndoorShooting Irish Music School

PÁDRAIG SWEENEY SCHOOL OF TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC Contact: 086 8112871 Email: padraigtradmusic@gmail.com


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS

ACCOMMODATION

Hostel

LOUGH ALLEN EDUCATIONAL CENTRE Curraghill, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Lough Allen Education Centre (48 bed hostel). The accommodation is Fáilte Ireland approved, and the quiet surroundings makes it the perfect place to get away from it all. Situated in the Northwest of Ireland, it is truly somewhere special! The Centre, situated on the shores of Lough Allen, only 14 km from the bustling town of Carrick-on-Shannon. Contact: Tel: 087 631 2708 Email: info@allen.ie Web: www.allen.ie or www.discoverloughallen.com Bed & Breakfast

PADDY MAC’S BED & BREAKFAST High Street, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim All rooms ensuite Contact Betty 086 389 8133 Email: paddy.macs@hotmail.com


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Lough Allen Hotel and Spa

LOUGH ALLEN HOTEL AND SPA Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim

The Lough Allen Hotel & Spa, located on the shores of Lough Allen is the ideal location to base yourself for your stay in Leitrim while attending any one of the many Festivals which will take place throughout the months ahead. The hotel location and facilities allow you, the guest to totally unwind & relax, stay in one of our Lake View Rooms to witness some spectacular sunsets and sunrises over Lough Allen. Our state of the art Leisure Centre has a 15 metre indoor pool (with a view of the lake), a Kiddies Pool, a Gymnasium, a Steam Room & Sauna along with an outside Hot Tub. Why not take time out to totally relax and unwind and avail of any one of a number of treatments on offer in the Spa. The luxurious atmosphere inside Oshadi Spa is completely conducive to total pampering and relaxation. We have a fantastic range of spa/wellness treatments on offer and our fully qualified health and beauty professionals are on hand 7 days a week to welcome you.

The rich, warm contemporary colours combined with the use of light coloured timber makes Rushes Restaurant inviting and cosy. It is an informal setting where modern cuisine is served and where we strive to make everyone feel special. The kitchen brigade and service staff headed by Executive Head Chef Santosh Kumar are on hand to ensure that the reason for your visit- a celebration, a quiet dinner for two, a family reunion, a business dinner, a commemoration - is clearly recognised and is interpreted so that your expectations are met and hopefully exceeded. The Lakeside Bar & Bistro is a spacious bar where meals and snacks are served during the day. The Lough Allen Hotel makes the ideal wedding venue due to its location, we are fortunate to be in a position to offer full exclusivity for any potential Brides & Grooms, many of our Wedding Bookings come from guests whom have stayed and dined at the Hotel previously which is a testament to the excellent food, service, location and overall ambiance that the hotel has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you the Guest to stay with us here at the Lough Allen Hotel. For bookings and enquiries please contact us at Reservations 071 964 0100, email: info@loughallenhotel.com, website: www.loughallenhotel.com


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Self Catering

Bed & Breakfast or Self Catering

MCGUIRE’S COTTAGES/JINNY’S BAKERY

CANICE MOONEY GUEST HOUSE

Carrick Road, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim 7 self catering cottages on the shores of Acres Lake, walking distance from Drumshanbo and right beside Acres Amenity Area. Traditional in style with all modern comforts and free Wi-Fi.

Church Street, Drumshanbo, Leitrim, Ireland Details: Canice Mooney Guest House can be booked for B&B or Self Catering Accommodation. We offer a warm and friendly welcome providing comfortable accommodation for Couples, Families, Anglers, Groups, Hen & Stag Parties and can accommodate up to 9 guests. Contact Details: Tel: 071 964 1800 Mobiles: 086 378 5902 / 086 845 3132 email: canicemooneyguesthouse@gmail.com Please check out our website: www.selfcateringleitrim.com for our latest offers

Bakery on-site and restaurant open April/May September/ October. We also have another house that sleeps 7 and is 4 star Failte Ireland approved. Contact Details: Tel: 071 964 1033/087 1379 570 Email: info@mcguirescottages.com Please check out our website: Web: www.mcguiresirishcottages.com

Self Catering

THE LAKESIDE COTTAGES DRUMCONG

Bed & Breakfast

ISLAND VIEW

Cormongan, Dowra Road, Co. Leitrim Contact: Marian Keane on loughallenview@gmail.com or 071 9641434 Bed & Breakfast

Drumcong Co. Leitrim

BERRY’S TAVERN

10 Holiday cottages on Lough Scur, Ranging in accommodation from 5-8 persons in 3 & 4 bedroom units.

Here you will find comfortable accomodation, good food and a friendly family atmosphere in the centre of the town of Drumshanbo. Contact: Nessa Campbell magscamp@hotmail.com 071 964 1070

Contact: Tel: +353 (0) 86 819 2874 Email: info@drumcong.com Web: www.drumcong.com facebook/TheLakesideCottages

Bed & Breakfast

FOREST VIEW

Carrick Road, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Contact: Bernadette McKeon on 071 9641106


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS

LOCAL BUSINESSES

Groceries

GIBBONS CENTRA Main Street, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim This family run store offers a wide range of groceries and products, with great special offers and a wide selection of wines and beers. With a cold and hot food deli, fresh pizzas made to order in under 5 minutes and a butchers counter. We here at Gibbons we can look after all your holiday needs: Play lotto, top-up, billpay, solid fuel & gas, postcards and stamps or chill out with a freshly whipped Angelina’s ice-cream cone. Contact: Tel: 071 964 1007 Email: centra@drumshanbo.net

Community Centre

DRUMSHANBO COMMUNITY CENTRE THE MAYFLOWER Working for and on behalf of the community Facilities include • Main Hall (sport) • Small Function Room • Handball/Squash Club • Astro Turf (Bingo, Handball Astroturf etc.) Contact: Tel: 087 631 2708 email: info@allen.ie web: www.allen.ie or www.discoverloughallen.com


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Convenience Store

Florist & Gift Shop

GALA SUPERMARKET

AWARD WINNING

& RESTAURANT & BUTCHERS Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Supermarket open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Sunday Restaurant open Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm

Contact: Tel: 071 964 0882 Email: scollansgala@gmail.com

Bait & Tackle

SCOLLANS BAIT & TACKLE SHOP

LA BELLE FLEUR FLORIST & GIFT SHOP Church Street, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim We specialise in Bespoke Wedding Floral Design including Unique Heirloom Brooch Bouquets, Wedding Floral & Hire Packages to suit all budgets. Nationwide service. Flowers for all occasions, Exotic arrangements, Bouquets, Funeral Wreaths. Indoor & Outdoor Plants, Large selection of Household & Personal Gifts, Candles/Photo Frames/Angels/Angel Cards/ Angel Books & Crystals.

Above GALA Convenience Store in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim One stop shop for all of your shooting, hunting and fishing supplies. Stocking DAIWA, Hardy’s and chubb, Fox, Snowbee.

Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6 pm.

LIVE BAIT

Website: www.floristinleitrim.com

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 8am to 10pm Contact: Tel: 071 964 0882

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/ La-Belle-Fleur-Florists

Contact: Tel: 071 9641800 Mobiles: 086 378 5902 / 086 845 3132 Email: info@floristinleitrim.com

Garage & Fuel Store

MC CORMACK’S MACE

Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim (Recovery Service, Garage and Fuel Depot, Shop, Deli & ATM) Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 7am to 11pm and Sunday 9am to 11pm Contact: Tel: 071 964 1650 or 086 857 5033

Bespoke Wedding Floral Design


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Hairdressing & Beauty

Hairdressing

ANN MARIE’S HAIRDRESSING Church Street, Drumshanbo Phone: 071 9641788

LIA HAIRDRESSING Barrack Square, Drumshanbo, co. Leitrim EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE Award Winning Stylists & Salon, Offering a comprehensive range of hairdressing services . All consultations are free. Experts in cutting, styling. Specialists in colour. Late Night Opening. Gift vouchers for weddings and other special occasions catered for. Offering Beauty Treatments and Holistic Therapies along with Chanel Forever trained make-up artist, All at competitive prices. Watch out for our Package Deals & Special Offers! Join us on facebook. Contact: 071 964 0977 Website: www.liahairdressing.ie Facebook: Lia Hairdressing Beauty

The Beauty Spot at LIA The Beauty Spot @ LIA Hairdressing offers a comprehensive range of quality beauty treatments Including: Facials, Skin Care, Nails, Waxing, Eye Treatments, Spray Tanning, Massage Treatments along with other Holistic Therapies, also Chanel Forever. Contact: 071 964 0977 Website: www.beautyspotleitrim.ie Facebook: Lia Hairdressing / beauty spot

KATHLEEN’S HAIR SALON High Street Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim

Specialising in cutting, colouring, Hi – Lighting and Computer Perming. Contact – 071 964 1068 Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 6pm Motorcycles & Cycles

MORAN’S MOTORCYCLES & CYCLES Convent Ave, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Motorcycle & bicycle sales and repairs, bicycle hire. Full range of motorcycle and bicycle parts in stock. Opening Hours: Open 9:30 – 1:30 and 2:30 – 6pm. (Closed Wednesdays) Contact Details Tel: 071 964 1974 Web: www.moransmotorcycles.com for our latest offers


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Enterprise Centre

Enterprise Centre

DRUMSHANBO ENTERPRISE CENTRE

FOOD HUB

Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Drumshanbo Community Enterprise Centre was opened over twenty years ago. The Centre was established to provide affordable workspace for start up businesses. The Centre is also involved in the design and delivery of Adult Education and is a Fetac quality assured centre. The Centre has 20,000sqft of affordable workspace. We currently have thirteen tenants and approximately forty people are employed in the Centre. We also offer business mentoring and training. Contact Details Tel: 087 617 7071 Web: www.drumshanboenterprisecentre.ie

Post Office

POST OFFICE

Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5:30pm Open for Lotto until 7:45pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays and 6:30pm Tuesdays and Fridays Launderette

BRIDGE HOUSE CLEANERS Bridge Street, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Dry Cleaners and Launderette Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 6pm Contact: Tel: 087 937 1050

Carrick Road, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Drumshanbo Co. Leitrim is home to a world class state of the art food production facility called The Food Hub. Operational since 2004, the food hub operates at many different levels: Landlord Level, Innovator Level and Trainer Provider Level. Contact: Tel: 071 96 41848 Email: info@thefoodhub.com Web: www.thefoodhub.com Take Away

THE NEW MILLRACE CHINESE TAKE AWAY The Square, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Contact: Tel: 071 964 0733 Take Away

MARIU’S TAKE AWAY

High Street, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim We are the best at what we do. We are the real Italian Take Away!Family Deals 2 X Pizza (any 14”) 2 X chips and dip and mineral all for €20. Please check out website for full menu and more deals. Contact Tel: 071 964 0723 Web: www.mariustakeaway.com Facebook / Marius-Take-Away Pharmacy

CARA PHARMACY

High Street, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim 9.30am -6.30pm Monday- Saturday Contact: Tel: 071 964 1035 Fax: 071 964 1300 Email: drumshanbo@carapharmacy.com


DRUMSHANBO TOWN & FESTIVALS Taxis

Architecture

CONWAY’S TAXIS

TGF ARCHITECTURE & GARDEN DESIGN

Main Street, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Wheelchair accessible 8 seater and 6 seater taxis available at reasonable rates. Distance no object and 24 hours service.

ANN & GERRY TAXIS

“Our every day lives are influenced by the buildings we inhabit. A house is where you exist, a home is where you live. A home should provide us with ‘Comfort, Warmth & Security’. This is achieved by combining the basic principals of ‘Layout & Sunlight’. Successfully combined, a home will exude comfort, energise, but also sooth body & mind.”

24 hours service. All major Airports Dublin-Shannon-Knock. Guided Tours. Golf Tours. Courier Service. Now Doc. Anywhere in Ireland!

Contact: Tel: + 353 (0) 87 987 4178 Email: thomasgflynnarchitecture@gmail.com Facebook/TGF ARCHITECTURE , TGF GARDEN

Contact: Tel: 071 964 1020 or 087 940 8250

Contact: Tel: 086 854 0085

MCKEON’S CABS Contact: Tel: 086 312 1025

MCLOUGHLIN’S TAXIS Contact: Tel: 087 7767251

Hardware Store

MULVEY’S HARDWARE Dowra Road, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Building/Painting/Gardening/Farming supplies

Contact: Tel: 071 964 1568/964 186 Email: mulveyshardware@gmail.com

Bee Keeping

MILL LANE BEEKEEPING AND TRADITIONAL PRESERVES

Photography

We supply everything for the Irish Hobby Beekeeper: 32 county courier service. As experienced bee-keepers, we can also have our brains picked for tips and advice! Open 9.00-6.00 Tuesday-Saturday incl. (March-end Sept) and by arrangement. We also conduct ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ Courses for beginners, including a visit to the hive. All necessary gear provided by us.

Gearoid Lynch has being documenting his native county, its people and way of life for a number of years. To view an extensive collection of the unspoiled Leitrim Landscapes and local scenes visit Gearoid Lynch’s collection on flickr or contact directly. All images are available to print, framed or unframed. Gearoid contributed to the images in this book

Contact: Tel: 086-8599833 Email: milllane@yahoo.ie Web: www.milllanebeekeeping.ie

Contact: Tel: +353(0) 87 057 0122 Email: lynch.gearoid@gmail.com Facebook/ Gearoid O Loingsigh

GEAROID LYNCH PHOTOGRAPHY


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