St George's Heritage Centre

The Midlands

Up the hill in a restored 1827-built church, this heritage centre looks at the history and landscape of Leitrim from old Gaelic traditions through to Plantation times. Bronze plaques lead 800m northeast to the old Famine workhouse, which remains a bleak memorial to desperate times, as well as the Famine Garden of Remembrance; both are visitable by guided tours arranged in advance.

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1. Costello Memorial Chapel

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2. Lough Key Forest Park

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3. Elphin Windmill

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4. Boyle Abbey

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On the banks of the River Boyle is the finely preserved (and reputedly haunted) Boyle Abbey. Founded in 1161 by monks from Mellifont in County Louth, the…

5. King House Historic & Cultural Centre

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Sinister-looking mannequins tell the turbulent history of the Connacht kings, the town of Boyle and the King family, including a grim tale of tenant…

6. Arigna Mining Experience

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Ireland's first and last coal mine (1600s to 1990) is remembered at the Arigna Mining Experience, set in the hills above Lough Allen, 23km northeast of…

7. Drumanone Dolmen

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Constructed before 2000 BC, this striking portal dolmen is one of Ireland's largest, measuring 4.5m by 3.3m. To reach it from Boyle's town centre, follow…

8. Irish National Famine Museum

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In direct and deliberate contrast to the splendour of Strokestown Park is the harrowing Irish National Famine Museum, located in the Stables Yard of the…