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Anthony Trollope Trail

Anthony Trollope Trail

Anthony Trollope was an English novelist and civil servant, writes Martin Branagan.

Headford House Ruins, Headford , Co Leitrim

The Anthony Trollope Trail was created to honour the celebrated English Victorian novelist (1815–82) and takes in 27 locations around the village of Drumsna and incorporates many fascinating topographical spots, including an area along the River Shannon known as Flaggy Bottoms.

Trollope, a senior civil servant, was sent to Drumsna in 1843 to investigate the financial affairs of the postmaster.

While living there he wrote his first novel, The Macdermots of Ballycloran, drawing inspiration from the nearby ruin of Headford House.

A series of events was held in 2015 to mark his bicentenary and helped rekindle interest in the man who introduced pillar boxes to both Ireland and Britain.

Martin Branagan is a co-founder of and is passionate about promoting Leitrim as a tourist destination. Under the LoveLeitrim banner, Martin is touring the county in search of its hidden gems.


A Dubliner by birth and Leitrim resident by choice, Martin can be contacted on +353 (0)86 173 8417 for all advertising queries.


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