Aerial view of the river Shannon and Carrick-on-Shannon

Night time in Carrick-on-Shannon

Aerial view of the river Shannon and Carrick-on-Shannon showing churches of the Twin Traditions

The river Shannon flowing through Carrick-on-Shannon with a view of the beautiful landscape

A River Shannon cruise in Carrick-on-Shannon on a beautiful Easter Sunday morning

Mural recognising Carrick on Shannon’s literary heritage

The mural in Carrick-on-Shannon which depicts some of Leitrim’s most famous writers and poets has become a focal point for attracting tourists to the town. The artwork, which is on a gable wall on Main Street, depicts Susan Mitchell, Nora Murray, Canon William Slator, John McGahern and M.J. McManus.

Susan Langstaff Mitchell

She was born in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, one of eight children of Michael Thomas Mitchell. Her father was manager of the Provincial Bank here. He died when she was six years old and she was sent to Dublin to be educated.

In 1900 she travelled to London for treatment of a hearing problem associated with tuberculosis and stayed with John B. Yeats and his family. The illness was to remain with her all of her life. After her return to Dublin she worked as a journalist and became assistant editor of the Irish Homestead, under George Russell.

She published her first book of poems, Aids to the Immortality of Certain Persons in Ireland, in 1908. Its most successful piece was a parody of Rudyard Kipling’s Recessional, entitled “Ode to the British Empire”. This book was re-issued in an enlarged edition in 1913, followed by The Living ChaliceShe died at age 60 from pneumonia and was buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery.

The Famine Workhouse. An evocative reminder of the famine era workhouses, the Workhouse Attic Memorial is part of the St. George’s Heritage and Visitor Centre.

2022 Christmas celebrations at St Georges Heritage and Visitor Centre