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Carrick-on-Shannon

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Carrick-on-Shannon is the county town of County Leitrim in Ireland. It is the largest town in the county of Leitrim, but the smallest main county town in the country. The population of the town was 3,980 in 2011. It is situated on a strategic crossing point of the River Shannon. The town is in the civil parish of Kiltogert which is in the ancient barony of Leitrim. For ecclesiastical purposes, the town is in the parish of Kiltoghert in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise The nearest Anglican church is in Drumshanbo in the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh.HistoryCarrick-on-Shannon is situated on a fording point of the Shannon. In the vicinity of Drumsna, on the County Roscommon border, are the remains of an Iron Age fortification,. As an ancient stronghold of the O'Rourkes of Breifne and their ofttimes rivals, the O'Raghnaills (Reynolds) of North Roscommon, the town was granted a royal charter and named a borough with its own seal in 1607.Historic buildings are the "Carrick Castle", the Workhouse and Famine Graveyard, Hatley Manor (a restored Georgian period home of the St. George Family), St George's Church of Ireland and the Costello Chapel.
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