About Leitrim and Mohill today
For the most up-to-date and comprehensive site on Mohill
today, see www.mohill.com
. This site also has a good section on history.
Lough Rynn Castle
has recently been developed into a luxury hotel with spa and Nick Faldo-designed golf-course, see www.loughrynn.ie
. The Hotel has 58 bedrooms and offers conference and wedding facilities, a restaurant run by a celebrity chef, a bar and all of the facilities you would expect in a fine hotel And most importantly open fires and fabulous views.
Researching local history and genealogy
has a great section on Genealogy with lots of links, including direct access to the 1901 census returns for Leitrim.
A fantastic list of resources on Leitrim
- and Mohill - has been compiled by ireland.com/The Irish Times on their website. It includes maps and lists of available resources covering Census returns and substitutes; Local history; Local journals; Directories; Gravestone inscriptions; Estate records; Leitrim Catholic records and Leitrim civil parishes.
To participate in a discussion - or ask a question - about your Leitrim roots, go to rootsweb.com http://www.rootsweb.com/~irllet/ where there is also a great list of links and resources.
Land ownership and landlords
Cecil Woodham-Smith wrote authoritatively on land ownership and landlords in Ireland in The Reason Why, published in 1953 by McGraw-Hill Book Co. Lord Leitrim is mentioned.
Geography and topography
There are a few links to good resources in the Location and maps
section of this website, but the best resource for maps of Leitrim and Mohill is www.mohill.com
Songs and ballads
Two ballads are published - with no credit as to author(s) - in The Fanad Patriots
, printed in 1962.
The Banks of Mulroy Bay is not quite as vitriolic as the second ballad, though it still ends with:
The great exterminator; the Lord of this estate,
For him there was an inch of lead - too hard to masticate.
His body it lay lifeless on the road, I heard them say,
To feed the dogs and hungry crows on the banks of Mulroy Bay.
The following verse (out of nine) gives some indication of the emotions that Lord Leitrim was still able to inspire only 40 years ago:
The widow's prayers he laughed at;
The orphans' tears despised.
He rooted up their homesteads
And in poverty they died.
He trampled on their sacred rights
That earned their sweated toil,
And he banished them in hundreds
From Tirconaill's holy soil.
Click on the titles for the complete lyrics.