Dromahair

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Dromahair
Droim Dhá Thiar
Town
Dromahair is located in Ireland
Dromahair
Dromahair
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°14′00″N 8°18′00″W / 54.2333°N 8.3°W / 54.2333; -8.3Coordinates: 54°14′00″N 8°18′00″W / 54.2333°N 8.3°W / 54.2333; -8.3
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Leitrim
Elevation 51 m (167 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Urban 748
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference G804316
Creevelea Friary
Dromahair Main Street.

Dromahair (Irish: Droim Dhá Thiar)[2] is a small village in County Leitrim, Ireland. Dromahair is 10 km from Manorhamilton and 17 km from Sligo town.

Geography[edit]

Dromahair lies in the hilly north west of Leitrim amid some stunning unspoiled natural landscapes. The "Sleeping Giant" mountain formation (comprising Keelogyboy, Leean and Benbo) is visible on approaches to the village, as is Lough Gill below the Slieve Daeáne and Killerry mountain. The village itself is also idyllic, located on the banks of the River Bonet, which flows into Lough Gill. Much of Dromahair was modelled on a village in Somerset by the Earl of Leitrim, and the central streetscape still follows the pattern set down by him.

History[edit]

It is also a town rich in history. Dromahair was once the capital of Breifne - an ancient Celtic kingdom that stretched from Kells in County Meath across County Cavan and north County Leitrim to County Sligo. It was the seat of the O'Rourkes -the ancient Kings of Brieifne. The ruins of the O'Rourke castle (built c. 950 AD) and banqueting hall are present in the village. It is also the place from which Devorgilla (wife of Tiernan O'Rourke) eloped with Dermot McMurrough (the King of Leinster) in 1153 to Ferns, an act which brought about a feud and McMurrough's eventual exile from Ireland. Creevelea Abbey, located on the outskirts of the village, is a Franciscan Friary which was founded in 1508 and was in use until the 17th century when the Franciscans were forced to leave by the Cromwellian army. The nave, choir, tower and transept are well preserved and it is now protected as a national monument. In addition, a castle constructed for Sir William Villiers (c. 1629) is located in the village. In 1798 General Humbert led Irish and French forces to defeat the British at battles in Castlebar and south Collooney. Humbert's forces were then pursued through Leitrim to Longford. His army is known to have rested in Dromahair and captured British artillery was thrown into the Bonet to allow faster movement of the army.

Dromahair was connected to the railway network until the late 1950s. The railway station opened on 1 September 1881 as part of the Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway connecting Sligo and Enniskillen. It finally closed on the 1 October 1957 with the closure of the line.[3]


William Butler Yeats used to visit the town regularly to meet the parish priest. He refers to that priest in his poem "The old priest Peter Gilligan" and to Dromahair in "The man who dreamed of Faeryland":

He stood among a crowd at Dromahair
His heart hung all upon a silken dress
And he had known at last some tenderness
Before earth took him to her stony care...

Local Amenities and Attractions[edit]

Dromahair boasts several pubs and restaurants. It also contains a post office, hotel and library (open Wednesdays and Fridays 3pm to 8pm) and fine dining restaurant, there are a few convenience and general shops, hairdressers, butchers, garage, national school, 2 old churches (Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland)as well as a Health Center. The attractive hotel is currently closed. Popular attractions include Creveelea Abbey (found a short distance across the foot bridge found behind the hotel), the Tour De Humbert Cycling Trail (which passes through the village),[4] Ard Nahoo Health Farm, Parke's Castle situated beside Lough Gill on the Sligo-Dromahair road (R286, 5 km NW of the village) and the Wild Rose Waterbus which offers tours of Lough Gill between Sligo and Parke's Castle. Gilmors' shop sells fishing licences for Juniors and Seniors and can advise on access points on the river.Castle View B&B offers top class accommodation there website is www.leitrimbandb.com

Sports[edit]

Dromahair has both men's and ladies' GAA clubs. In 2009, the men's club competed in RTÉ's Celebrity Bainisteoir competition under comedian Katherine Lynch, while the ladies' team was unlucky not to win the Connacht Junior Championship, losing the final in a replay.

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