Leitrim

Fewer people live in all of Co Leitrim than in are resident in many Dublin suburbs. Take Tallaght for instance: it clocks up almost 80,000 souls compared to the 32,000 or so who populate this picturesque North Western county.

27

Minutes is the average commute

148

Full-time weekly childcare fees

131K

Average house price

32,000

Population of Leitrim

So there’s space. But Leitrim is also THE most affordable county in Ireland. It has cheaper childcare, rent and house prices than anywhere else in the country. For someone cashing in on a Dublin property, a move to the Wild Rose County would save a small fortune over a number of years – possibly enough to buy a house mortgage free! For first-time buyers, there is excellent choice.

Leitrim is also good for your career, with plenty of well paid jobs available from indigenous and global-facing companies, some of which are part of ever-expanding regional tech, MedTech and financial-sector clusters.

Notable local employers include AvantCard, MCI (Mirror Controls International), Elastometall, Cora Systems VistaMed and Abbott.The surge in Remote Working and entrepreneurs relocating to the county can be seen in new hubs such as The Hive in Carrick-on-Shannon.

The Hive offers fast connectivity and space for start-ups as well as landing spaces for employees whose company HQs may be elsewhere. Leitrim and its idyllic nature makes the perfect home for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of bigger cities, while still being closely connected to major towns like Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon, Bundoran and Longford.

Creativity is also a strong feature here and the county is home to dozens of movie directors, producers, writers and musicians. Writer John McGahern hailed from Aughawillan while actress, director and writer Marion Quinn and husband producer and photographer Tommy Weir, call Leitrim home. In 2010, former Ireland rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll and actor, comedian and writer Amy Huberman got married at the stunning Lough Rynn Castle.

This arts and literary heritage is reflected in the work of the Dock Arts Centre in Carrick and The Glens Centre in Manorhamilton. With plenty of annual festivals including the Ballinamore Family Festival, the Five Glens Arts Festival and the Carrick Carnival Festival, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

For the more adventurous type, the River Shannon, which passes through the county offers activities such as canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddling. There’s also a Moon River Cruise that can be booked for private parties or enjoyed with others.

Located in the centre of Connacht, Leitrim is a well-connected county nestled between many different towns, Manorhamilton is close to the Atlantic coast of Sligo and Bundoran and an hour to Enniskillen. Carrick is less than two hours’ drive to Dublin.

So, let’s take a look at the key Leitrim stats:

Boats on the Shannon

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Housing

Tullaghan
Tullaghan

Leitrim is the cheapest county in Ireland to buy a house, according to the latest Daft Property Report for Q1, 2020. The report shows that the average Irish house price was €256,238, which falls to €131,904 in Leitrim. A quick search on Daft.ie will show you that this figure can drop significantly lower if you are willing to put some work in. For instance, a four bedroom house with four acres of land was recently on sale for just €40,000 and a small cottage with a large plot of land is priced at €25,000.

Childcare

Families on paddle boats
Families on paddle boats

Data collected by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in November 2019 shows that Leitrim has the cheapest childcare in the country. The cost for full-time care per week is €148 in Leitrim, compared to €246.03 in Dublin Dun Laoghaire /Rathdown and €184 nationally. Tusla.ie has a detailed list of all the childcare providers and their contact info across Leitrim.

 

Going Out

Manorhamilton, Drunshambo and Dromahair offer a haven of quiet cosy pubs to enjoy a pint by the fire and if dancing the night away is more your style pop into Carrick where you’re bound to meet dozens of Hen and Stag parties enjoying a wild night on the tiles. Cartown and Club 360 are the most popular nightclubs in the town and you’ll also find a number of lively bars in the area, not too many lots of delicious places to grab a bite to eat.

 

Commuting times

While the average commute time in Leitrim at 27 minutes, is slightly longer than most in the West it’s still significantly shorter than the 35 minutes it takes commuters in Meath and Wicklow to get to work. This is according to the most recent Census figures released in 2017. Public transport links within Leitrim are limited, so a car is recommended.

Education

Located within close proximity to IT Sligo which offers remote learning, Leitrim is also home to a number of high-quality primary and secondary schools.