Tullaghan is the only part of Leitrim on the Wild Atlantic Way and it gives our county the shortest coastline in Ireland and in Europe!
The community in this seaside village have had a resurgence of activity in the past couple of years and it has lead to them being extremely busy in 2018. The group works out of Tullaghan Community Centre which forms the hub of activity and gathering for the residents of the area. They have lobbied hard for inclusion on the Wild Atlantic Way and have great plans for the Cross field which is an historic site passed by thousands each day on the N15.
In recent months they have entered the Pride of Place for Leitrim and Love Where You Live – Leitrim 2018. Through their hard work they recently secured the unused National School, which has potential for tourism enterprise in the area. They are currently engaged in a feasibility study for tourism relating to their location beside the Atlantic. Busy times indeed! Of course, all of this takes money and Tullaghan raises its funds through fun. Just one example of this is their recent Chicken Run…
Tullaghan Chicken Run
Amidst glorious sunshine on Friday evening July 13th a large crowd gathered at Tullaghan Community Centre. The occasion – a Chicken Run in aid of the development of Tullaghan Cross Field. A great evening’s entertainment was had with Chicken Races, BBQ, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle, Lucky Dip and plenty of old style games and activities. Local sponsors provide prizes galore for over 200 locals and visitors of all ages enjoying the craic.
Tullaghan Pride of Place
On Monday 23rd July, Tullaghan was showcased for the Islands and coastal Communities Category for Leitrim. The village was entered in Pride of Place by Leitrim County Council
The day started with an Irish dancing display followed by a presentation to a large crowd, from Vice Chairperson and native, Sheila Brennan. A large audience were treated to the history of Tullaghan and its plans for future development. Sheila highlighted the “vibrant Community Development Committee that have been working hard for years to put Tullaghan on the map, and are finally beginning to see the fruits of their efforts”. She talked of the community survey that had been taken in 2018. The survey had over 95% response rate. Key observations considered the potential for development of access to the ocean/beach area, children’s play area and the development of Cross Field as part of the Wild Atlantic Way Initiative. Her presentation was followed by local storytelling and then a boxing demonstration from local boxers, and a visit to the local playschool.
The judges were treated to elegant transport in horse and trap. The grand tour included the Cross, Tynte Lodge, Drowse river, Tea Pot Lane Glamping, J. J. Reid 1916 site and Tawley Mass Rock. Every year Tullaghan hosts a vintage car run and the Vintage Car Club turned out on the day to show their continued support for Tullaghan,
It was a fantastic day made possible by the help and genuine pride of Tullaghan’s residents, workers, businesses and visitors. They community now looks forward to November, where the winners of Pride of Place will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in City Hall, Cork. We wish them well.