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The Town of Mohill.

County Leitrim.

 


 

The town of Mohill exudes an aura of old world charm, a stroll along its streets reveal quaint shops and bars that have changed little in many years. In the town centre is a life size bust of blind harpist Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738)

One of Leitrim's most notorious characters William Sydney Clements, 3rd Earl of Leitrim lived near the town in Lough Rynn House, for various reasons he was much hated in the area, to the extent that in 1878 he was ambushed and assassinated. After his death in the House of Commons he was accused of exercising the ancient Norman right of 'droit de signeur' The right to sleep with a bride on her wedding night before her husband.

Lough Rynn house built in 1832 has been fully restored, it stands in 100 acres of ornamental gardens, woodland and pasture, there is a 600 acre lake with a turreted lakeside house from which there are magnificent views of the countryside.The three acre terraced wall garden built in 1859 once supplied produce to the mansion. The arboretum contains many fine specimens including the oldest monkey puzzle tree in Ireland (Araucaria) a tulip tree and some magnificent Californian redwood trees.

The Earls of Leitrim once held 90,000 acres (36,422 Hectares) in four counties.




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There is an old sawmill on the estate, near this is a picnic area with way marked trails leading to viewing points offering unparalleled views across the lakes and countryside.

On one of the lakes is a crannog (Lake dwelling) dating back 4,000 years, also within the estate set on a hilltop is a druidic altar, on which it is said that human sacrifices were made.