Leitrim – Then Vs Now

Leitrim is the home county of Cat Malojin, and quite frankly we get annoyed when we hear the county being disparaged, yet again, by some moron on the Republic of Telly – usually its about us having no traffic lights, which is very odd in itself as it suggests that congestion and delays are things one should aspire for.

Anyways, to show how beautiful and historical our little county is I’ve juxtaposed photos from Leitrims past on to photos of the same location today. Hopefully you enjoy it, I think its pretty interesting anyways!


Sligo Road, Manorhamilton, circa 1934 – The house shown on the left is still there – In  fact its amazing how little this road has changed. The cart has since been removed though, the Chinese that was in SJ’s turned it into chicken balls.


Main St, Manorhamilton, circa 1948 – World War 2 was very good for Manor, with the narrow thoroughfares replaced by wide boulevards and high buildings. However, it has since regressed to what we have on the right.


Acres Wood, Drumshanbo, circa 1923 – Two Geishas out for a picnic in the woods. As recently as 1950, 43% of Drumshanbo’s population were Geishas, but that has tailed off significantly in the intervening time. Nevertheless there is still a strong Japanese influence in Drumshanbo – Songwriter Charlie McGettigan’s early work was heavily inspired by J-Pop and the town’s population is the highest per capita owner of Yu-Gi-Oh cards outside of Kobe.


The Glenfarne Railway Disaster, 1957 – Disaster befell the sleepy hamlet of Glenfarne on 2nd March, 1957 when local conductor Johnny McHugh tried to get the train running, despite the fact that the trainline had been decommissioned the previous week and the tracks removed. Leitrim has had its share of transport disasters, as we will soon discover.


High Street, Ballinamore, 1936 – It truly was a long march for Mao Zedong to Peking as he detoured on the way for a pint of plain to Priors of Ballinamore. And who could blame him.


The Mohill Airship Disaster, 1929 – Blimps were the main form of transport for the people of Leitrim until the terrible night of the 26th of October, 1929 when Eslin man Tom Mulvey crashed his blimp into Mohill church after a skip of pints.6

Dromod Bypass, 1989 – The Dromod Bypass is undoubtedly the engineering crown in Leitrims throne, but this too has a bloody past, – it was there that Annaduff native Shiela Gibbons decided to protest against the 15p plastic bag charge. The head of the County Council at the time decided that Leitrim can’t be seen to negotiate with terrorists, so (quite rightfully) drove over her in his tank.


The changing face of politics in Leitrim – The back row shows the current members of the Leitrim Enterprise Board, while the front row shows the members of the 1962 iteration. Until the 1990’s politics in Leitrim was controlled by Red Indians. Even today, most of the councillors are at least half Cherokee.71Outside Manorhamilton, 1955 – Local farmer, tending to his livestock. Nothing to see here.


Summerhill Road, Carrick on Shannon, circa 1908 – Local RIC officer Ray Guckian out on the beat, aboard his loyal hog Sir Oinks-A-Lot. Sir Oinks-A-Lot was the first, but not last, pig to make seargeant in Carrick on Shannon.

The Lake Garadice Ship Disaster, 1887 – Tragedy befell south Leitrim in 1887 when the HMS Pinafore struck a rock and sank in Lake Garadice. The ship was on a smuggle run, bringing barely legal hot pants from Drumreilly to the down-trodden people of Aughawillan. In todays money the hot pants would be worth over a billion euro.


Glencar Lake, 1942 – Four saucy fellows flirting with a local bathing beauty during the Emergency


Kinlough, circa 1935 – The man himself, Adolf Hitler, visited Kinlough in the summer of 1935 and loved it so much that he promised he would return, and build a fortress of untold evil there. He never did return, but on that site today is Melvin Gaels pitch – It would seem he got his wish.


5 thoughts on “Leitrim – Then Vs Now

  1. You only barely scratched the surface — you should have consulted a nearby Co. Roscommon man, and you’d have got the FULL story.


    1. You only barely scratched the surface — you should have consulted a nearby Co. Roscommon man, and you’d have got the full story.


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