Dromiskin

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Round tower, cemetery, disused church at monastery site, Dromiskin
Roman Catholic Church, Dromiskin

Dromiskin (historically Druminisklin, from Irish: Druim/Droim Ineasclainn)[1] is a village and townland in County Louth, Ireland. It is situated 10 km south of Dundalk, about 1 km inland from the Irish Sea coast, and is located in one of Louth's most historical areas.

History[edit]

The village was home to a monastery for hundreds of years, once visited by Saint Patrick. This site for the monastery was picked as it is a local high point; it is also where a round tower was built and still remains. From the tower there is a view of all of Dundalk Bay and the surrounding countryside. Dromiskin also served as the home to the Archbishops of Armagh for a time. The Archbishops of Armagh lived at Dromiskin House, The Lane. Aed Finliath, High King of Ireland, is buried in Dromiskin Graveyard, but no one knows where; Archbishop Milo Sweetman is also buried here.

The village is part of the Darver and Dromiskin parish, Darver being a neighbouring village. The parish is bounded by the Fane River on the north and by the Glyde River on the south.

Demographics[edit]

Since the mid-1990s, Dromiskin, like many areas in County Louth, has seen a marked increase in population. In 2006, 992 people were living in Dromiskin with 1,932 living in the electoral division.[2]

Sport[edit]

The local Gaelic Football club, St. Joseph's (formed in 1961), covering the entire parish of Darver & Dromiskin, won the Senior county championship (Joe Ward Cup) in 1996 and 2006. The club is now playing Intermediate level championship as well as Division 2 league football in 2011, having been relegated from League Division 1 in 2010. The club's Minor (U-18) team won the county championship for the first time in 2009 and retained the championship in 2010. There is also an athletics (track and field) club (St Peter's AC) based on the outskirts of the village.

Transport[edit]

Bus Éireann route 168, Annagassan to Dundalk serves Dromiskin Mondays to Fridays inclusive providing one journey in each direction. [3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  2. ^ Central Statistics Office, Census 2006 (Volume 1, Tables 5 and 6)
  3. ^ http://www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1272289679-168.pdf

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Coordinates: 53°56′N 6°25′W / 53.933°N 6.417°W / 53.933; -6.417