The town of Leitrim is about 12 miles from the town of Ballinamore. Ballinamore is actually a bigger town than Leitrim, but Leitrim is on the banks of the Shannon while Ballinamore is a few miles away.
They may have sometimes said Ballinamore because it was the bigger town-- although if that were the case Leitrim is closer to Carrick on Shannon than to Ballinamore. They might been referring to the county when they said Ballinamore.
My Dolans always put Ballinamore as the place they were from, although they really were from Alterkeran which is very small and way up in the mountains.
By the way, my GG grandmother was Anne Sweeney daughter of John Sweeney and Nancy Moran. Anne was married to Michael Dolan.
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