Ireland by Region County Leitrim
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County Leitrim is home to the Shannon-Erne Waterway - 750km of restored canal and idyllic clear lakes in the north west of Ireland. Providing water sport enthusiasts with a haven of sailing and cruising barge holidays, the River Shannon is one of Ireland's premier boating destinations.

With only a two mile coastline on Donegal Bay, Leitrim is primarily an inland county with a landscape of forested drumlins, waterways and secluded glens over some 600 square miles - popular with cyclists and hill walkers alike.

Visitors to County Leitrim can enjoy landmark attractions including Parke's Castle, the Cavan Leitrim Steam Train Museum and the magical Glencar Waterfall. The county also offers excellent fishing with all year coarse angling at Lough Allen and wild salmon and trout fishing across the north Leitrim lakes.

Derived from the Irish name, Liath Druim, meaning grey ridge, Leitrim maintains much of its Irish heritage through traditional music, theatre and local festivals throughout the county. Home to over 25,000 people, Leitrim is one of Ireland's most unspoiled and picturesque counties.

Towns in County Leitrim

Carrick-on-Shannon is the county capital. Other principle townships are Drumshanbo, Manorhamilton, Ballinamore, Mohill and Carrigallen.

Please see the town guides for further information.

Business Information

Agriculture in County Leitrim has embraced organic farming as a new initiative. Rossinvar is home to the Organic Centre of Excellence for the production of organically grown vegetables and meat. The development of commercial forestry in County Leitrim is moving marginal agricultural land to productive timber forests. This move supports the already established sawmilling industry and manufacturers of furniture and other timber products. The US company Masonite Ireland have built their European plant for moulded door facings near Carrick-on-Shannon over an area of some 75 acres, thus contributing considerably to the local Leitrim economy. Other industries in County Leitrim include light engineering, food production and the growing sector of IT. Several fine arts and crafts producers are found in the north of the county

Helpful contact details for business enquiries

Leitrim County Enterprise Board

Tel: (353) 078 20450
Leitrim County Council Tel: (353) 078 20005
Enterprise Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 071 61219
IDA Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 074 21313
The Leitrim Partnership Company Tel: (353) 078 41740
Sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as follows

Credit Unions:

Tel: (353) (0)1 490 8911
National Irish Bank:  Tel: (353) (0)1 678 5066
Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit):  Tel: (353) (0)1 677 7623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit:  contact any branch
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund Tel: (353) (0)1 478 4091
The Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
TEL: (353) (0) 1 661 4444; has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business and employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and development businesses.
Travel (see also town guides)

County Leitrim is ideally located in the north west of Ireland. Trunk roads pass through the county connecting Leitrim directly with Dublin, Sligo and Belfast. Bus Eireann have an efficient service across the county. Irish Rail operate a train service with a link between Sligo and Dublin via Carrick-on-Shannon. County Leitrim is served by Dublin and Belfast airports for international flights with domestic flights available locally at both Sligo and Knock airports. Dublin/Dun Laoghaire and Larne are the nearest ferry ports to the county.

Belfast International Airport
Tel: (44) 01849 422888
Aer Rianta Dublin Airport
Tel: (353) 01 814 1111
P&O European Ferries
Tel: (44) 01870 242777

Stena Line

Tel: (353) 01 204 7700

Irish Ferries

Tel: (353) 01 555 1995
Iarnrod Eireann - Irish Rail
Tel: (353) 071 69888
Bus Eireann
Tel: (353) 071 60066
Tourist Office
Northwest Tourist Office Tel: (353) 071 61201
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
Please see town guides
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