Mohill is a town in County Leitrim
County Leitrim
County Leitrim is a county in Ireland. It is located in the West 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...

, Ireland
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. The town is located in the south of the county, north of the midlands of Ireland
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. The town of Carrick-on-Shannon
Carrick-on-Shannon is the county town of County Leitrim in Ireland. It is also the smallest main county town in the country . It is situated on a strategic crossing point of the River Shannon and is the largest town in the county. The population of the town was 3,163 in 2006. It is in the barony...

 is approximately 16 km away.

The town is built on a slope toward the Rinn River and is centred on a cross-road of the Main Street and the principal cross streets of Glebe Street and Hyde Street. Hyde Street is named for Douglas Hyde
Douglas Hyde
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, first President of Ireland
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, whose father and grandfather lived on the street and who spent part of his childhood in the town. Currently, Mohill has a growing population and is supported by local industry and enterprise, as well as agriculture and tourism.


Mohill, or Maothail Manachain, is named for St. Manachan, who founded a monastery there as early as 500AD. The Monastery was taken over by Augustinians in the 13th century and was later closed in the time of King Henry VIII
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. The site of the settlement is now occupied by a Protestant
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 church and graveyard, but ruins remain nearby of a round tower
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. Hyde Street is named after Douglas Hyde, first President of Ireland, whose father and grandfather lived on the street and who spent part of his childhood in the town.

Ownership of the town passed to the Crofton family during the plantations
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 and areas around the town were owned by the Clements family (Lord Leitrim), who built the nearby Lough Rynn estate and was also the owner of what is now Áras an Uachtaráin
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Mohill Poor Law Union was formed 12 September 1839 and covered an area of 215 square miles (556.8 km²). The population falling within the union at the 1831 census had been 66,858. The new workhouse, built in 1840-42, occupied a 6 acres (24,281.2 m²) site and was designed to accommodate 700 inmates.


  • The Roman Catholic
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     parish of Mohill also includes the nearby church areas of Eslin and Gorvagh
    Gorvagh is a small area in County Leitrim, Ireland. It is located at , about from Mohill and from Ballinamore. It belongs to the barony and parish of Mohill with St. Josephs church situated on a hill overlooking the main Mohill Ballinamore road .Gorvagh is known for its lakes, with fishing...

     and is administered from St Patrick's Church at the top of the town. The Church of Ireland is located at the bottom (east) of the town where the Augustinian Monastery once stood.


  • Mohill is also closely associated with Turlough Carolan, the blind harpist, who lived in the town after his marriage.
  • Katherine Lynch
    Katherine Lynch
    Katherine Lynch is an Irish television personality from County Leitrim.Lynch is known for several television series broadcast on RTÉ Two: Katherine Lynch's Working Girls , Katherine Lynch's Wonderwomen , in which she plays a variety of unusual characters such as Singin' Bernie Walsh, Liz Hurley and...

    , comedian, whose RTE mockumentary/sitcom *Katherine Lynch's Wonderwomen
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     was filmed partly in the town.
  • Douglas Hyde
    Douglas Hyde
    Douglas Hyde , known as An Craoibhín Aoibhinn , was an Irish scholar of the Irish language who served as the first President of Ireland from 1938 to 1945...

    , first president of Ireland, who's family originated from the town, and who spent some of his childhood there.


  • The town was served by the narrow gauge Cavan and Leitrim Railway
    Cavan and Leitrim Railway
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    , which closed in 1959. Mohill railway station opened on 24 October 1887 and finally closed on 1 April 1959.


The town celebrates an annual fair, Monaghan Day (named for St Manachan), on 25 February and hosts a large Agricultural Show and Summer festival in August.


The parish of Mohill currently has two Gaelic Football Clubs, Mohill who play in Division One and Eslin a Division Two team.
The Mohill Club also fields teams in Divisions 3 and 5, whilst Eslin field their second team in Division 5 also. Both Clubs have won Senior Titles in the past and in fact Mohill Faugh-an-Bealaghs won the first ever Leitrim Championship in 1890, defeating Ballinamore in the final. Ironically Eslin won their first title the following year by defeating Mohill in the Final. Eslin won the last of their 3 Titles in 1917 but have won several Junior Championships in the meantime. Mohill won the last of their 5 Senior Titles in 2006 defeating St. Marys by one point in a game which saw them complete a dramatic comeback. Mohill and Eslin have often amalgamated for underage competition under the name St. Manachans, named after the patron saint of the parish.

Arguably Leitrim and one of Irelands greatest footballers, Packy McGarty was born in Mohill. McGarty had the distinction of playing for his county over 4 decades 1949-73 but his finest hour was in the 1958 Connacht Final despite the heart breaking defeat to Galway. There was in fact at one time 3 Senior teams in the parish as Gorvagh also had a Club. In fact Gorvagh were the kingpins of Leitrim football in the 1920s and are the only team in the County to win 4 titles in a row 1924-28, when they were led by their inspirational captain Jack Bohan. The top scorer on the Leitrim team in the late 50's and throughout the 60's was Cathal Flynn who was born in Gorvagh and formed a lethal partnership with McGarty during this period.

Mohill also had a successful Soccer Team, Mohill Town FC and a Hurling club, St. Finbarrs but sadly both are now defunct. Some Mohill players do however still line out with the neighbouring Gortlettragh Hurling Club. Mohill also has a well known Basketball Club and in 2008 the Mohill Under 16 Girls basketball team won the National Title in the Community Games competition. Mohill is also home to the South Leitrim Harriers who hunt throughout the winter in the surrounding countryside.


  • 1856: Slater's Directory describes Mohill as a prosperous, thriving market town - "(Main Street) contains several good shops well-stocked with the various articles of fashion and of local requisites. Great progress is manifest in its general appearance and of its size is considered one of the most stirring, and is certainly the most thriving town of any in the surrounding counties".

See also

  • List of towns and villages in Ireland

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