Cootehill is  a market town built by Thomas Coote who married Francis Hill. The Coote's built a mansion on Bellamont estate and is still one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture standing in Ireland today. Cootehill town became a busy marketing town, where goods like linen and livestock were traded. Today visitors to Cootehill enjoy traditional Irish music in the pubs and the annual Champioship Fishing Festival. This is Ireland's largest angling festival, held at various area venues over five days.

Cootehill is a typical example of a small Irish town in the heart of the lakeland region with cafes, and gift shops, and a world class delicatessan. A particularly nice traditional style pub is Donohue's on the main street which only opens a handful of times a year, including during the Gerry Whelan traditional music festival in held in September annually. Several acclaimed writers and artists come Cootehills surrounding area, including Pat Mc Cabe, author of the butcher boy and Breakfast on Pluto, and painter and author Frank Mc Nally.