Dromara

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Coordinates: 54°22′47″N 6°01′05″W / 54.379858°N 6.017976°W / 54.379858; -6.017976

Dromara
Irish: Droim mBearach
Parish Church of St. John the Evangelist Dromara - geograph.org.uk - 70815.jpg
St John's Church, Dromara
Dromara is located in Northern Ireland
Dromara
 Dromara shown within Northern Ireland
Population 597 (2001 Census)
Irish grid reference J287497
    - Belfast 20 mi (32 km)  
District Lisburn
County County Down
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DROMORE
Postcode district BT25
Dialling code 028, +44 28
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament Lagan Valley
NI Assembly Lagan Valley
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Down

Dromara (from Irish: Droim mBearach, meaning "ridge of heifers")[1] is a small village, townland and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the southwest of Ballynahinch on the northern slopes of Slieve Croob, with the River Lagan flowing through it. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 597 people.

History[edit]

There have been references to a church at Dromara since about 1306. Earlier anglicised names for the church and townland include Drummeragh, Drumaragh and Drumara—these are likely derived from Druim mBearach (modern Irish Droim mBearach) meaning "ridge of heifers".[1] Saint John’s Church now occupies the site of the original church. Dromara eventually became a small mill village and although many of its buildings date from the early 19th century, the street pattern suggests that the settlement has a much earlier history. It used to have its own court and market house and a market place at the road junction in the middle of the village.

Facilities[edit]

Facilities in the village include Dromara Primary School, two churches (St John’s Church of Ireland and Dromara Second Presbyterian Church). Each summer the Dromara Vintage Club hold a vintage rally in the village.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Legannany Dolmen, a prehistoric three legged 'giants grave' is just outside the village.
  • Binder's Cove - a rediscovered souterrain near Finnis, Dromara. Finnis Souterrain (a scheduled ancient monument) is known locally as 'Binders Cove'. Although the first recorded discovery of Binder's Cove was in the 18th Century, it actually dates back to the 9th century. Souterrains were "underground stone lined tunnels". Because there was much clann feuding and raiding from foreign invaders such as the Vikings in the Early Christian period, souterrains are thought to have been places of refuge for the occupants of the monastery or its attached enclosure. They may also have been 'safes' where valuable gold and silver religious artefacts were kept. As they were dark, cold and dry, food might also have been stored in them.

Sport[edit]

Dromara Village F.C. play association football in the Northern Amateur Football League.

Dromara GAC are the local Gaelic club and play in the Down leagues.

People[edit]

  • Harry Ferguson, world famous inventor of the modern gearbox and the 'Ferguson' Tractor, was born near Dromara.
  • Jack Gilmore, former World Bowls Champion, was born in Levallyregh, Dromara, before his family emigrated to Canada in the late 1950s.

Demographics[edit]

Dromara is classified as a Small Village by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 500 and 1,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 597 people living in Dromara. Of these:

  • 26.8% were aged under 16 years and 17.4% were aged 60 and over
  • 49.6% of the population were male and 50.4% were female
  • 21.9% were from a Catholic background and 76.3% were from a Protestant background
  • 1.7% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Placenames NI

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