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'Lord Leitrim was not a bad man - if he got his own way',
or so one contemporary writer described the 3rd Earl of Leitrim.
Lough Rynn Castle, near Mohill, Co. Leitrim, belonged to one of the most notorious landlords of 19th century Ireland: William Sydney Clements, 3rd Earl of Leitrim - or simply Lord Leitrim. While most of this site is about the 3rd Earl of Leitrim, it is also about all the people who lived on and around the Earl's estates and about how they shaped and were shaped by national and local events. This website supports the book "By Hereditary Virtues: a History of Lough Rynn"
. The book mirrors the website but provides more depth and stories.
“This well researched and beautifully written book provides a wonderful insight into landlordism in 19th century Ireland. A marvellous read.” Brendan Kennelly
“A scholarly mosaic of political, social and cultural life, this book is marked by elegant prose and sharp psychological and social observation. This is the classic local history." Professor Michael L. O'Rourke, Trinity College Dublin
“A most welcome and very readable account of the most famous ‘Big House’ in Leitrim; all is revealed in this excellent book.” Seán Ó Suilleabháin, Leabharlann Chontae Liatroma
Another fascinating book of West of Ireland history is Fiona Slevin's "By Hereditary Virtues A History of Lough Rynn". The Lough Rynn estate is just outside Mohill, Co. Leitrim and the landlord there from 1839 to 1870 was the notorious Lord Leitrim. This book tells the full story for the first time and is a must for anyone interested in the social history of 19th Century Ireland. Desi Kenny, Kenny's Bookshop
Click here to read more >>>
7 January 2007: 'Talking History' on Newstalk106 radio
Local history book launched in Lough Rynn Castle >>>
2 November 2006
Mohill native Fiona Slevin launched her book "By hereditary virtues a history of Lough Rynn" in the perfect location of Lough Rynn Castle surrounded by a large Mohill crowd last Thursday night, October 26. Click here to read full article >>>
18 October 2006
Mohill author launches book on the history of Lough Rynn. Click here to read full article >>>
29 September 2006
"Fiona Slevin's long-awaited book on the history of Lough Rynn is now available. The book describes the history of the Lough Rynn estate from early times to the present and focuses largely on Lord Leitrim and the period of The Great Famine.
With Lough Rynn Castle now open as a luxury hotel, the book is a timely recounting of just how much Mohill and Ireland has changed over the last 150 years and will make compelling reading for anyone with an interest in history and the local area."
Fiona Slevin's book
"By Hereditary Virtues: a history of Lough Rynn"
is now available here >>>
Lough Rynn on
RTE Radio 1, 8Jan2007
Thanks to all who came on the Historical Walk around Lough Rynn on Easter Sunday. €350 was raised for Action Breast Cancer. Many thanks to all who donated.