St George’s Heritage & Visitor Centre combines the stories of two historically important buildings in Carrick-On-Shannon, County Leitrim, St George’s Church and the Workhouse.
The heritage visitors centre is the starting point of your visit. This will take you through history by showing a short film titled "Leitrim Enduring and Enchanting" a study of Leitrim, its landscape, and its history. The restored St George's Church houses a small but well researched historical display of artefacts and interpretive materials depicting the traditions of Leitrim from its ancient Gaelic roots through plantation times up to Leitrim's contributions and sacrifices in the Great War.
A feature of note in St George's Church is the magnificent organ that was built by renowned Irish nineteenth century organ builder, William Telford. Telford organs can be found all over Ireland, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and the Falkland Islands.
From the St George's Heritage & Visitor Centre on Main Street, follow the brass plaque trail to the Workhouse Attic Memorial.
Introductory displays recall the role of the Workhouse during the famine era. Some 1,896 famine victims were recorded as living in these small, whitewashed quarters. A famine graveyard in the grounds is another legacy of this poignant chapter of Irish history.
The adjacent reading room provides an opportunity to look through reproduced copies of the Carrick Workhouse Board of Guardian's Minute Books (1843 - 1850) and to browse other evocative items of interest, including a selection of local emigration records.
Access to the workhouse attic and reading room is by guided tour and can also be arranged with the St George’s Heritage & Visitor Centre staff.
Why not visit the nearby Costello Chapel, Carrick-On-Shannon's version of the Taj Mahal.