A (very) Concise History
The town was built around 1795 the 3rd Earl of Altamount, (who then became the First Marquess of Sligo),
John Denis Browne of Westport, to house Catholic refugees who fled sectarian conflict in the north of Ireland.
Originally a planned town, it retains many of the eighteenth century features in style and scale.
It's thought to be named after Louisbourg in Nova Scotia in honour of a siege that took place there in 1758
- the founding landlord's family, a Henry Browne of Westport having taken part).
The area itself is of course far older, with archaeological sites dating back to the Bronze age.
Louisburgh has seen many changes since the original settlers of those times; from the arrival of St. Patrick through the adventures of Grace O'Malley, Pirate Queen (if you aren't already familiar with this lady then you really must get acquainted immediately), the tragedy of the Irish Famine and so, so much more that we could fill this website.
If this Brief Encounter has whetted your appetite a little, you'll find everything else you need to know in the titles listed below:
(mostly available in our Local Interest Section and if we haven't got it we're trying to get it so get in touch with us!)
Louisburgh - a History by John Lyons
Kilkenny to Murrisk by Rosemary Garvey
Tales of the West by James Berry
The Life and Times of Granuaile by Ann Chambers
An Coinneal (The bi-annual Parish Magazine)
We're very lucky to have the Granuaile (Grace O'Malley) Heritage Centre and Famine Museum here in Louisburgh - well worth a visit if you should come to the area.
The Famine had an enormous impact on local history and countless titles have been published exploring the many political and human accounts of the time. We're working on a reading list which we'll publish here but if you'd like any recommendations in the meantime, give us a shout...