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Arigna Mining Museum

Arigna Mining Experience, Roscommon, Ireland

The Mining Experience Centre was developed to preserve the energy heritage of the Arigna Valley and to ensure that Arigna maintains its link with Energy themes: Past, Present & Future. This Energy Centre provides visitors with a unique insight into what coal mining life was like in the Arigna Valley, since its beginning in the 1700’s until closure in 1990. (100 years the Bush Hotel Arigna Coal was the main heating source at the Bush Hotel).

Underground Experience.   During the underground tour, visitors will experience what it was like to work in some of the narrowest coal seams in the western world.  The tour which  lasts 45 minutes brings visitors to the mines coalface where the methods used to extract the coal are demonstrated. Lighting and sound effects throughout the mine add to the reality to the experience.

Exhibition Space.   Local geology and the formation of coal deposits are explained in the exhibition area, as is the history of energy production.  The exhibition also explains the concepts and operation of different renewable energy systems. Some of these systems can then be viewed in operation in the Energy Centre Building, in the energy playground, and on the nearby wind farms. A history tour presents the origins and history of the Arigna coal mines. It explores its impact on the local community, through a photo gallery & displays.  The Renewable Energy Demonstrations can be viewed on site in the Centre, while the wind farms can be seen on the nearby Kilronan Mountains.

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Moon River Cruising

Relaxing Shannon Cruising excursions with full bar, tea and coffee facilities.  Located in picturesque Carrick-on-Shannon,  Moon River offers the ultimate experience to the visitor travelling on the Shannon.  Even the temperamental Irish weather is kept at bay by the totally enclosed viewing lounge. This 1 hour round trip on the Shannon is one of the most pleasant ways of spending your time in Leitrim.  Dedicated and fully trained crew will tend to your every requirement.  An entertaining pilot will talk you through your trip on  Moon River explaining points of interest and folklore of the area while you relax and enjoy the scenery, coffee (or something a little stronger) and a snack.

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Jump Street Carrick on Shannon

Offering top-of-the-line entertainment services for everyone to enjoy – Go-Karting, Dodgeball, Foam pit, Basketball, Jump Box and Wall Trampolines. Whether planning a day trip with family, or are coming with friends, visitors of all ages have the chance to enjoy themselves in a fun-filled environment. 

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Moon River Cruising

Relaxing Shannon Cruising excursions with full bar, tea and coffee facilities.  Located in picturesque Carrick-on-Shannon,  Moon River offers the ultimate experience to the visitor travelling on the Shannon.  Even the temperamental Irish weather is kept at bay by the totally enclosed viewing lounge. This 1 hour round trip on the Shannon is one of the most pleasant ways of spending your time in Leitrim.  Dedicated and fully trained crew will tend to your every requirement.  An entertaining pilot will talk you through your trip on  Moon River explaining points of interest and folklore of the area while you relax and enjoy the scenery, coffee (or something a little stronger) and a snack.

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St George's Church, Carrick on Shannon

St. George’s Church, which stands uphill and opposite the Bush Hotel, is the Church of Ireland parish Church.  Prior to 1698 the parish church was situated at Kiltoghert.  In that year it was transferred to its present site in Carrick.  It was re-built in 1829 and the interior reconstructed in the years 1910-1914.  Rev. W.A. Percy who was Rector from 1869 to 1886 was grandfather of the famous song writer Percy French.

St. George’s Heritage & Visitor Centre was officially launched early 2008, which includes audio/visual functions in the centre adjacent to the church. The restored church, houses a well researched and exciting historical display of artefacts and interpretive material depicting the twin traditions of Leitrim from ancient Gaelic roots through Plantation times up to Leitrim’s contribution and Sacrifice in the Great War.    Here you will also get information on visiting nearby Costello Memorial Church and the Famine Memorial Graveyard & Carrick Workhouse (all within walking distance from the Bush Hotel).  St. George’s Heritage & Visitor Centre is adjacent to the Church of Ireland church of the same name. It was opened in 2008 and has full audio/visual facilities.  The restored church houses a well researched and exciting historical display of artefacts and interpretative material about Carrick-on-Shannon and the County Leitrim  from Plantation times through to the Great War.

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Costello Memorial Church

Famine Memorial Graveyard and Carrick Workhouse

Costello Memorial ChurchCostello Memorial Chapel, Carrick on Shannon

The Costello Memorial Chapel is the smallest chapel in Europe and the 2nd smallest chapel in the world.
It was built in the 19th century by Edward Costello, a rich merchant, as a memorial and burial vault for his wife, Josephine who died two years previously. It is sixteen feet long, 12 feet wide and 30 feet high. Each side of the aisle holds a coffin lined with lead and covered with slabs of thick reinforced glass. The remains of Josephine (1889) and of Edwards who died in 1891are both interred in this beautiful memorial

Read the full story: The Costello Memorial Chapel, Carrick on Shannon

A remarkable example of one man’s deep love for his wife, this tiny R.C. chapel on Bridge Street in Carrick is the smallest in Ireland and reputedly the second smallest in the world. When Mary Josephine Costello died at the age of 47 on 6th of October 1877 her heart-broken husband, Edward Costello, had her body embalmed and placed in the care of the Marist Sisters in Carrick-on-Shannon. He immediately commissioned, no expense spared, to have erected this beautiful Chapel in her memory and a last resting place for them both  On April 22nd 1879 the Chapel was dedicated, solemn Requiem Mass was offered and Mary Josephine’s remains were interred in a beautifully decorated coffin and placed in a sunken place to the left of the entrance and covered with a thick lid of  specially made glass. A large gathering of clergy and laity attended this occasion.

From that time until Edward Costello’s death at the age of 68 on March 7 1891, Mass was celebrated on the First Friday of each month. When he died his remains were interred in the sunken space to the right of the entrance and a similar thick lid of specially made glass was placed over the coffin. Born at Dromore, just a short distance from Carrick-on-Shannon, where he was a leading Merchant, Edward Costello was widely known as a man of great kindness and charity. Mary Josephine Costello was a native of County Longford. They had no family.

The site of the Chapel is situated in what may be termed as the very heart of the town, tucked between two more recent buildings – Flynn’s to the left and Armstrong’s to the right and on the site of what was once a Methodist Chapel. Edward Costello purchased the site from the Methodist Trust.  The Chapel itself is 16ft long 12ft wide and covers an area of 192 sq. ft. The entrance gate is placed between two handsome cut-stone pillars surmounted by tow Celtic crosses of exquisite design and tracery.  The left pillar bears the inscription “1877 Costello Memorial Chapel”, and extending from the right pillar is an ornamental railing set in a basement of cut-stone.  The exterior of the building is cut-stone surmounted by two Celtic crosses of the same material. There is but one entrance to the Chapel, a door of wrought galvanised iron. On the front gable in one of the component stones of the building is a raised monogram – the Costello coat of arms with the motto “Ne te quaesiveris extra” – ‘Seek not thyself outside thyself’. On the corresponding left side is a raised monogram with the letters E.M.C. beautifully entertained and the same motto again. The interior of the building is lined with Bathstone.  There is no woodwork in the entire Chapel as the roof is an arched piece of masonry of the same material as the wall.  Over the richly decorated marble altar is a stained glass window of handsome design.  Decorated encaustic tiling with panels depicting scenes from the passion of Jesus separate the two glass covered vaults of husband and wife.
The Costello chalice which was specially commissioned for the dedication ceremony of 1879 and subsequently used on the First Friday of each month was handed over to St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Carrick-on-Shannon, after Edward Costello’s death in 1891.
The Chapel has been restored in 2010 by Carrick on Shannon Heritage Group and is located c. 3 minute’s walk from the Bush Hotel.

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Lough Key Forest & Activity Park

Lough Key Forest Park Castle Island Ireland

Comprising some 350 hectares of mixed woodland, a lake and a number of islands, Lough Key constitutes one of the most extensive and picturesque forest parks in Ireland.  Included in the park’s amenities are a well landscaped caravan and camping park, nature walks, a bog garden, observation tower, ice house, wishing chair and underground tunnels.

Lough Key has for many centuries drawn people to its spectacular views, abundant wildlife, historic buildings and evocative islands.  This beautiful landscape is steeped in a rich history.

Now after major development the historic backdrop encompasses a landmark cluster of unique attractions serving the needs of a 21st century visitor with a new lakeside centre providing an ideal gateway for gentle leisurely activities or more energetic pursuits in the Park.

•Tree Canopy Walk •19th Century Servant Tunnels •Moylurg Tower
•Innovative Weather Independent Boda Borg •Lakeside Cafe •Gift Shop •Caravan & Camping Park•Adventure Play Kingdom •Forest & Parkland Trails•Bog Gardens •Lakeside Walks •19th Century Bridges

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Can you tackle Ireland’s first aerial trail activity course?

Let Zipit take you into the tree canopy located in the heart of the beautiful 350 hectare Lough Key Forest Park and experience the excitement of flying along zip lines, swinging through trees and feeling an immense sense of achievement.Zipit logo

Ireland’s first forest aerial trail adventure is perfectly suited for groups of friends, clubs, schoolmates etc to get together and enjoy the buzz of conquering the challenges and earning the plaudits of your peers, and maybe a few jibes as well. It’s all part of the fun and excitement as you swing through the trees using ziplines, tunnels, bridges…even surfboards and bikes!   www.zipit.ie

Two new ventures to the attraction cluster at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park:

Woodland Segway – offering Fun Glides and Historical Tours – www.woodlandsegway.com

Electric Bike Trails – Offering the traditional bike and Electric bikes for hire – www.electricbiketrails.com

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2 Nights Weekend or Midweek luxury B&B with dinner one evening + tour of The Shed Distillery & Arigna Mining Experience

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