(Baile ui Bheolain – Boland’s town)
Mountshannon was designed as a model village and completed in 1742. It is thoughfully and carefully planned out. It’s tree lined streets and the uniformity of its architecture give it a grace and dignity seldom seen in villages of comparable size.
The pictureque harbour is an excellent centre for angling and sailing whilst the Slaibh Aughty mountains rolling gently behind the village are a hillwalker or cyclists dream come true. The mountains are rich in archeological remains and the local summit commands a panoramic view of Lough Derg and its five surrounding counties.
The village has won numerous prestigios Tidy Towns awards including overall national title in 1981. Mountshannon has been highly commended representing Ireland at European level in the Entente Floriale competition.
Mountshannon Arts Festival on June Bank Holiday weekend is an event not to be missed. Aistear Iniscealtra, Ireland’s most unique project, provides an informative exploration of Irish Spirituality over 9,500 years. There is a maze, outdoor performance area, viewing shelter overlooking Lough Derg, picnic and recreational area. The project will function as an introduction into an area steeped in history, tradition and culture. Activities available locally include watersports, sailing (plus lessons), swimming, pony treking, pitch & putt, tennis walking and cycling and of course pike, trout, bream and salmon fishing.