Join in the Carrick-on-Shannon 400 year celebrations

Carrick-on-shannon, Leitrim’s county town will be 400 years old in 2013.

Carrick-on-shannon, Leitrim’s county town will be 400 years old in 2013.

This will be a hugely significant event not alone for Carrick-on-Shannon but for the wider Leitrim area as well as the many Leitrim Diaspora around the world. A series of events are being planned to mark this special year and an Information Evening will be held next Monday, November 14 in the Council Chamber at 6pm.

Leitrim County Council, Carrick-on-Shannon Heritage Group, Carrick Chamber of Commerce, Carrick-on-Shannon Tidy Towns, representatives from the religious denominations in the town, Leitrim County Enterprise Board and Leitrim Tourism have been exploring in the last number of months ways in which to celebrate Carrick-on-Shannon 400 in 2013.

The group are hoping that, similar to other towns and cities which have celebrated 400 years, there will be a calendar of events from St Patrick’s Day until the October Bank Holiday. These events will range from cultural and drama events to sporting events, music and educational events.

As a first step, a logo competition was held during the Summer and a logo has been developed based on the winning entries. This logo will be unveiled at the Information Evening as will a calendar of events planned for the year.

The 400 years of Carrick-on-Shannon includes many key events e.g. the signing of the Charter; the Plantation of the previously owned O’Rourke land, the famine, Catholic Emancipation and World War I.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.