Mohill… An Introduction
Situated in the scenic Rinn Valley above the Rinn river, Mohill is a historic town rich with monastic heritage and tales of planters, workhouse, and landlords of ill repute. The remaining icons of these tales are still to be seen around the town with the remains of a round tower, disused railway station, Ireland’s last working lime kiln and a stunningly restored Victorian castle, home to said landlord and his family.
But Mohill has more to offer than a rich heritage, it is a modern thinking town with sustainability entrenched in its mind set. The town recently launched a ‘Smart Green’ initiative – its mission: to ensure that sustainability is central to all town developments and community undertakings.
Already known provincially as a GAA force to be reckoned with, Mohill is now earning a name for itself in the rowing fraternity. The state of the art rowing facility at Lough Rynn is capable of hosting national and international events as well as acting as a training base for international teams in advance of major rowing competitions.
Mohill of the 21st century has a population of just 855 (2016 census) and is a town brimming full of diversity, activities, places of interest and services for the local residents and visitors alike.
An easily accessible town a short 6km off the Dublin-Sligo N4 national corridor, Mohill is just 2hrs from Dublin city. Our town offers an easily accessible, central location in a beautiful part of our country for families looking to escape the hectic lifestyle of the cities as they opt for a more balanced way of life or for the intrepid exploring, eager to veer off the beaten track. The county town of Carrick-on-Shannon is located 16kms to the west of Mohill.
We invite you to explore our town within the pages of this site, but would much prefer to welcome you in person… Mohill, a place to Visit, a place to Live!
Mohill: Some Historical Milestones
Monastic Times (500AD)
Mohill is a heritage town with a long history dating back as far as 500 AD when a monastery was founded in the area by St. Manchán. Mohill is mentioned in the Annals of the Four Masters from 1430AD and the monastery is thought to have been suppressed by the English late in the 16th century
Turlough O’Carolan (1720)
In 1720, blind harpist, composer and singer Turlough O’Carolan moved to Mohill when he married his wife Mary. His great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition. In 1986 a commemorative bronze sculpture was commissioned and unveiled in memory O’Carolan, one of Ireland’s greatest musicians in the heart of Mohill.
Situated above the Rinn River in the beautiful Rinn Valley, the Crofton Family owned the town in Plantations times. And the Clements family of Lord Leitrim owned much of the land around the town, including the nearby Lough Rynn Estate. The same family once owned what we now call Áras an Uachtarain.
Hyde Street is named after Rev Arthur Hyde, the grandfather of Douglas Hyde, the first President of Ireland, who spent part of his childhood here in our wonderful town.
A Few Interesting Facts about Mohill
Mohill plays host to the annual Mohill Agricultural show, which celebrated its 92nd year in 2019.
Parke Dobson born on Hill Street, Mohill in 1891 was the first Leitrim casualty of the WW1. One of RTE’s best known and loved broadcasters, Bryan Dobson is of Mohill origin.
Anti Jazz Campaign
In January 1934 a large demonstration 3,000 strong took place in Mohill.
Made up mostly of young people with banners inscribed with ‘DOWN WITH JAZZ’ and ‘OUT WITH PAGANISM’.
There were numerous recorded attempts on the life of Lord Leitrim including that by Mohill shop owner, James Murphy in 1860. Murphy’s attempt failed however in 1878 the Lord’s tyrannical past caught up with him and he was assassinated in Donegal.