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The McCann Memorial Monument

The McCann Memorial Monument

The McCann Memorial Monument was erected in 1905 in memory of Owen McCann, (1851-1901) a prominent citizen of the town and first chairman of Leitrim County Council, writes Martin Branagan.

Originally the clock stood further out in the roadway and for several years the clock was removed and only the shaft of the monument remained.

Fortunately when the monument was moved to its present site, the clock was restored to working order and the monument is a fine piece of street furniture of which Carrick people are very proud. The restored stonework at the rear of the monument has enhanced Carrick’s town centre.

Near this place stood the Old Courthouse which was the scene of many historic happenings, non more dramatic nor tragic than in 1798. Following the defeat of the United Irishmen and the French Army under General Humbert by Cornwallis and Lake at Ballinamuck, the French were treated as prisoners of war, but the Irish were given no quarter.

Martin Branagan is a co-founder of LeitrimExperience.ie 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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