If your ancestors came from Co. Leitrim and you would like to find out about them, we at LEITRIM GENEALOGY CENTRE
will endeavor to help you.
Leitrim is a county steeped in history. It has suffered massive population decline from the Great Famine of the 1840s until the 1990s. The county's population fell from about 160,000 in 1847 to 25,000 in 1996. Economic growth in Ireland in the last Decade has meant that the Census of 2002 showed an increase in Leitrim's population for the first time in over a century and a half.
Not surprisingly Leitrim is the most unspoilt county in Ireland. It is full of lakes and mountains and rugged scenery. Places where your ancestors struggled to survive until they went to the "promised land" of America, England, Australia etc. They always harboured the dream of returning, but often they never saw their native home again.
"Well I've travelled far through these great lands from the east onto the west
But of all the islands I have seen I love my own the best
And if ever I return again there is one place I will go
It will be to lovely Leitrim where the Shannon waters flow."
(Last verse taken from the song "Lovely Leitrim" which was composed by a Leitrim exile in New York, Phil Fitzpatrick. The song is about a Leitrim exile in America, dreaming about his "Lovely Leitrim" and his desire to see his native land again)
Enquiries can be dealt with:-
- by calling to the Centre in Ballinamore
- by writing either via email or postal mail
- by phone or fax
- via the Contact Us form on this website.