Spotlight on Carrick on Shannon

Carrick on Shannon

It’s time I wrote a bit about Carrick-on-Shannon. Before I worked near there I’ve been known to drive there just for the cake at Lena’s Tea Rooms….yes I am that fond of cake that I will travel for it! Lena's Tea Rooms

Lena’s Tea Rooms are an award-winning cafe, located in the scenic town of Carrick-on-Shannon. They have a great variety of cakes and also serve a selection of hot food and sandwiches. The sandwiches I saw being served where huge! Served in bread baked on the premises, none of your limp sandwiches here. I just had a coconut cake and tea, which was delicious and even nicer as it was on vintage china.


I can also really recommend The Oarsman, above is the pulled pork dish that I had there today. I’ve written about this place in some detail before, so you can read about it here.


The Mulvey Centre is great for all ages. We’ve been there several times bowling and always had a really great time. They also have arcade machines and an epic inflatable dodgem type thing that I loved. There’s also Kidz Kingdom, which is an indoor play area and a great coffee dock too.


Also check out Carrick Cineplex. This isn’t just an ordinary cinema, it’s something really quite special. It’s got comfy seats, serves coffee and wine, and even has a grown up treat selection! It reminds me of the old style cinemas. It’s not surprising that it’s won several awards too.


Costello Chapel

Carrick-on-Shannon is home to the Costello Chapel, which at 16 x 12 feet is the smallest in Ireland.  Edward Costello built it as a memorial to his wife in the late 1800’s. You will find the chapel on the main street just opposite the town clock.


If you fancy taking to the water check out the Moon River. You can enjoy a relaxing cruise along the River Shannon, it doesn’t even matter if it rains because you can stay inside the boat. There’s also a gorgeous river walk if you want to stretch your legs.

The Dock

The Dock Arts Centre is well worth a visit.. There seems to be a lot going on at this centre and there was a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. It’s home to Leitrim Design House, there is also a coffee shop and regular exhibitions, workshops and events take place throughout the year.

So there are just a few suggestions of things to do in Carrick-on-Shannon.


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