Carrick-on-Shannon is a historic town full of architectural delights. As the visitor takes a leisurely walk around the town a variety of imaginatively restored buildings are part of the urban environment. These include an elegant parish hall, the Market Yard, the Costello Chapel, the old court house, St. George’s Church, other fantastic monuments and of course the Anchorage Bar.
The modern twist of street furniture, scupltures and waterfront park provide a contemporary environment combining the past and present.
Carrick-on-Shannon, the original Irish name Cora Droma Rúisc means the ‘stony ford of the ridge in the marsh’. The town grew up along the banks of the majestic River Shannon and provided a point of crossing over the river. Originally the ancient stronghold of the O’Rourkes of Breffni. In 1613, King James I granted the town a Royal Charter by which it became a Royal Borough.
The town has long been associated as a stop for the weary traveller either following the road, shannon or rail network and the Anchorage Bar rightfully claims its place in the midst of this tradition.