Kiltyclogher

  • Sunday, 22 July 2012 14:34

Kiltyclogher is a small village situated in north eastern Leitrim along the R281 Route.  It is on the border with County Fermanagh.  The village is situated in an area of natural beauty; there are several walks and lakes for fishing.  The Kingfisher Cycle Trail takes in this village.  The Kingfisher Cycle Trail is part of the Greenbox Ecotourism project.  It is the first long distance cycle trail in Ireland. The trail is based in Fermanagh and Leitrim Lakeland and loops around lakes, rivers and areas of outstanding beauty.  The routes have varying degrees of difficulty and accommodation is dotted along the cycle routes.

Kiltyclogher

Places of Interest/ History:

The Black Pig’s Dyke can be viewed in the townland of Corracloone outside the village of Kiltyclogher.  This was a series of discontinuous segments of ditches, built between old rival Irish Provinces of Ulster and Connacht in the 1st Century AD.  The ditches stretched from County Down, Armagh, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim and Donegal. It is thought they were either for protection of livestock between Ulster and Connacht or for protection from warring tribes.

Kiltyclogher is a picturesque village situated in North Leitrim on the Fermanagh border.  The village was founded as a market town by Charles Henry Tottenham in 1828, near the place where his daughter Sarah was killed in a hunting accident.  Tottenham had the wide streets laid and the first four corner houses built, including the fine Market House with its inscription C.H.T. Sarahville 1831.  Kiltyclogher hosts a traditional music weekend in the month of August as well as a drama festival held during a week in March each year.

Prince Connell’s Grave with is a megalithic tomb is situated about 1 mile from the village of Kiltyclogher.  Prince Connell’s Grave is located in the Corracloona townland on the R281 road between Glenfarne and Kiltyclogher.  It is on an elevated site overlooking Lough MacNean.  The grave dates from the 2nd millennium B.C. This grave seems to merge a court tomb and a passage tomb which is unusual.  Little is known of the origin of the name but the Annals mentions Conalls that had royal lineage.

Sean McDermott was one of the leaders of the 1916 rising and signatory to the proclamation; he was executed for his part in the Rebellion.  He grew up in Corranmore a townland near Kiltyclogher. His ancestral home which is a small whitewashed thatch cottage has been preserved and is open to the public for viewing.  There also stands a statue in his honour at the centre of Kiltyclogher village.

Transport:

Regional roads R281, R283 links Kiltyclogher with Glenfarne, Manorhamilton and the N16.  The Cashel Road links Kiltyclogher to Fermanagh.  Bus Eireann provides transport service 470 to Kiltyclogher linking it with Manorhamilton.

Sport:

For information on sport in the Kiltyclogher area visit www.glenfarne-kiltygaa.com

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