Episode 2: Faces & Places (Drumshanbo)

The first of our “Faces & Places” series focuses on the town of Drumshanbo. With the third segment of the Shannon Blueway officially opened last week we took a little stroll along the trail along Ireland’s longest waterway.

Breifne met Damien Donnelly and Colm Curry from Tyrone, Michelle and Rebecca from Leitrim Village who were out for a walk and talk catch up, Liam, who recently moved to the area from Dublin took a break from his cycle around the south of the county to let us know about how much he’s enjoying being out of the traffic in the peace and quiet of the Leitrim countryside and another recent convert to the county, Paul, who had been paddling around Acres Lake on his kayak.

Just on the shores of the lake lies a new branch of a small local business, Jinny’s Bakery has grown to include a refurbished tea rooms, Jinny’s Tea Rooms at Acres. Sinead Gillard, shares the history of the restaurant and how with the success of the Blueway and the Bakery on site at Maguire’s Cottages, it made sense to reopen the facility after 20 years as a lovely option for locals and tourists alike.

Hugh James Gallagher, chairman of the An Tostal Festival, explains the history of the festival and how Stylish Silage, the breakout national hit of the 8 day festival came into being. We are joined by local girl Rachel McDonagh who was nominated as the An Tostal Colleen 66 years after her Grandmother wore that crown at the first ever An Tostal festival in 1953.

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