Keshcarrigan is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland. The village is situated on the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the R209 road near Lough Scur and Sheebeg, an ancient pagan burial site overlooking Lough Scur to the north and Kesh Lake to the south.
Keshcarrigan features in the writing of the late John McGahern who lived about 3 km away along the shores of Laura Lough. In 1798, the French Army under General Humbert passed through on the way to eventual defeat at the Battle of Ballinamuck. A Bronze Age gold artifact 'The Keshcarrigan Bowl' was discovered in 1854 and is displayed at the National Museum of Ireland. A small park on the shores of Kesh Lake is dedicated to the memory of Mychal Judge, chaplain of the New York Fire Department and the first recorded victim of the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Fr Judge's ancestral home was opposite the park.
In more recent times, Kesh has been famous for its alternative St Patrick's Day parades over the years which included amongst others, an invisible parade Pamela Anderson), an indoor parade and a backwards parade. The local Gaelic Football team, Kiltubrid, were Leitrim County Champions in 2005 and Ireland rugby international Victor Costello was a former resident of Kesh. Traditional singer Eleanor Shanley is a native of the village. Demographics[edit sourceÂ | edit]
In 2002 the Keshcarrigan area had over 270 residents which had grown to 364 by 2006. The village has experienced dramatic changes in the 21st century with over 100 new houses being built mainly as a result of a controversial government tax incentive scheme .
Dolmen of Lough Scur[edit sourceÂ | edit]
About 1 km west of Keshcarrigan on the road to Carrick-on-Shannon there is a collapsed dolmen overlooking Lough Scur. See also[edit sourceÂ | edit] List of towns and villages in Ireland
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Keshcarrigan, Co. Leitrim