Carrigallen (Irish: Carraig Álainn, meaning "beautiful rock")[2] is a small village in County Leitrim, Ireland. It is located on the R201 and R203 roads in the east of the county. As of 2016, the village had a population of 387.[1]


Carraig Álainn
Kilbracken Arms
As Lámha a Chéile
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°58′38″N 7°38′45″W
CountyCounty Leitrim
76 m (249 ft)
Irish Grid ReferenceH232031


The village is set between the north and south shores of Town Lake in South Leitrim and is an excellent angling centre.

Killahurk Ring Fort can be reached 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the village. The ringfort is 0.5 km (0.3 mi) west of Carrigallen Lough and is a good example of an early medieval enclosure.[3]


St. Patrick is said to have passed through this region. While there he baptised followers at St. Patrick's holy well in Aghawillin and before leaving the region he blessed the ancient graveyard of Errew. The 16th century graveyard is situated about 3 km (2 mi) east of Carrigallen overlooking Gulladoo Lake. Throughout at least the 19th and 20th centuries, a number of annual fairs were held at Carrigallen on – April 12, May 7, May 28, August 9, October 8, and December 31.[4][5]

Theatre - The Corn Mill Theatre & Arts Centre

In the centre of the town is the Corn Mill theatre which has an extensive and varied programme of entertainment from drama (amateur and professional) to variety shows, music and poetry. The tradition of Drama in Carrigallen goes back to the late 1800s. The present group was founded in 1963 as The Community Players and there has been no break in activity since that time. In 1989 the group opened their own theatre - The Corn Mill Theatre and Arts Centre. In that year the name of the group was changed to the Corn Mill Theatre Company. In 1999 major renovations took place when the foyer, new dressing rooms, rehearsal and storage areas were built.


Carrigallen is served by Bus Éireann once daily from Monday to Saturday. Different destinations are served each day.

Day Route Destination Via
Monday 463[6] Longford Aughavas, Mohill, Drumlish
Tuesday 465[7] Cavan Ballyconnell, Killeshandra, Arvagh, Ballinagh
Wednesday 463[8] Longford Aughavas, Ballinamuck, Aughnacliffe
Thursday 464[9] Enniskillen Aughavas, Mohill, Ballinamore, Swanlinbar
Friday 462[10] Sligo Ballinamore, Drumshanbo, Ballyfarnon, Ballygawley
Saturday 462[11] Sligo Newtowngore, Ballinamore, Drumshanbo, Dowra, Drumkeeran, Dromahair

During college terms, a bus service is operated on Sunday evenings by Geraghty Travel to Athlone IT, GMIT and NUI Galway. The service returns to Carrigallen on Friday afternoons.[12]


  • Margaret Haughery (1813–1882), lived here. She was a philanthropist who opened orphanages in the New Orleans area, and was known as "Margaret of New Orleans" and "the mother of orphans". Her birthplace, located in Tully, is a popular tourist attraction.
  • John Godley, 3rd Baron Kilbracken, lived in Killegar House.

Schools and churches

Schools include Saint Mary National School and Carrigallen Vocational School. Churches include Saint Mary Roman Catholic church built 1846, a Church of Ireland church built in 1814, and a Presbyterian church.

See also


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