Place:County Leitrim, Republic of Ireland

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NameCounty Leitrim
Alt namesCo. Leitrim
Contae Liatromasource: Wikipedia
Gray Ridgesource: Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-) "Leitrim," accessed 29 Sept. 2003
Leitrimsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Liatroimsource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) VII, 256
TypeCounty
Coordinates54.333°N 8.333°W
Located inRepublic of Ireland     (1922 - )
Also located inIreland     (1800 - 1922)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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County Leitrim (pronounced) is a county in Ireland. It is located in the Border Region and is also part of the province of Connacht. It is named after the village of Leitrim. Leitrim County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 31,798 according to the 2011 census.

History

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In ancient times Leitrim formed the western half of the Kingdom of Breifne. This region was long influenced by the O'Rourke family of Dromahair, whose heraldic lion occupies the official county shield to this day. Close ties initially existed with the O'Reilly clan in the eastern half of the kingdom, however a split occurred in the 13th century and the kingdom was divided into East Breifne, now County Cavan, and West Breifne, now County Leitrim. The Normans invaded in the 13th century and occupied the south of Breifne. Much of the county was confiscated from its owners in 1620 and given to Villiers and Hamilton. Their initial objective was to plant the county with English settlers. However, this proved unsuccessful. English Deputy Sir John Perrot had ordered the legal establishment of "Leitrim County" a half-century prior, in 1565. Perrott also demarked the current county borders around 1583. Five forests are traditionally said to have stood in Leitrim up till the 17th century.

Leitrim was first hit by the recession caused by the mechanisation of linen weaving in the 1830s and its 155,000 residents (as of the 1841 census) were ravaged by the Great Famine and the population dropped to 112,000 by 1851. The population subsequently continued to decrease due to emigration. After many years, the wounds of such rapid population decline have finally started to heal. Agriculture improved over the last century. Leitrim now has the fastest growing population in Connacht.

Working of the county's rich deposits of iron ore began in the 15th century and continued until the mid 18th century. Coal mining became prominent in the 19th century to the east of Lough Allen in Sliabh an Iariann and also to the west in Arigna, on the Roscommon border. The last coal mine closed in July 1990 and there is now a visitor centre. Sandstone was also quarried in the Glenfarne region. William Butler Yeats spent the turn of the twentieth century fascinated with Lough Allen and much of Leitrim. In the northwest, 11 km from Manorhamilton can be found Glencar Waterfall, which was an inspiration to Yeats and is mentioned in his poem The Stolen Child.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article County Leitrim. especially the section "Geography and political subdivisions" and its subsections "Baronies", "Towns & villages in north Leitrim" and "Towns & villages in south Leitrim"

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