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Centred on a main crossroads, the village overlooks the Blackwater Valley. The village is part of the parish of Kilshannig.
Thomas Russell is referred to as “The man from God knows where” and, as it happens, he was born in the village on 21 November, 1767. He was a founding member of the United Irishmen and was hanged in 1803 in Downpatrick gaol for his involvement in uprisings against the British.
An old graveyard (Kilshannig) is located north of the village and this is where Daniel O’Connell's maternal ancestors are buried. Also, the parents of Thomas Croke, after whom Croke Park is named, are buried here.
There are also ringforts in the area and Dromahane is close to Dromineen Castle.
Location and transportation
The Dromahane Junction is 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Mallow on the N20. Alternate routes from Mallow include taking the "Navigation Road" or the "Old Cork Road".
Although the main rail line between Mallow and Kerry passes just to the north of the village, the nearest Train Station is in Mallow town.
The village has just the one shop, 'Kelly's Quick Pick. Dromahane Stores, which was once more commonly referred to as Bridgy's' is no longer in business.
A new addition to the village is a fast food restaurant - LJ's.
South of Dromahane is the Dromore "Point to Point" race track, which draws large crowds from all over Munster to the village for the horse racing event.
Other businesses located in the village include Nazareth House Nursing Home, helicopter hire, a joinery, printers, Electricians, hauliers, plumbers, plant hire, ironmonger and agri-contractor.
The village also has St Peter's Catholic Church, with Masses on Sunday at 11.00am and 7.30pm.
The local underage GAA club is called Thomas Russell's and they have their grounds in the village of Glantane, located 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Dromahane.
Recent Irish National Lottery money has provided some excellent facilities to the local tennis club which is located beside the Primary School.
Connection to Canon Peter O'Leary
In his book Mo Sgéal Féin, Canon Peter O'Leary (Peadar Ua Laoghaire) talks about Dromahane in a discussion of his ancestry.
He says his mother's father, Conor O'Leary, married Nell Hickey of Dromathane (an alternate spelling).
From the translation by Cyril Ó Céirnín publisted 1987:
"They had a son, Conor was his name, a very wise, very prudent man. He married one of the Hickeys, a daughter of Tadhg 'ach Aindriais, who was living over at Dromathane, on the banks of the Blackwater; the daughter was called Neill ni Taidhg. They had the full of the house of children. Siobhán was the name of one of the daughters."
He goes on to say that this Siobhán was his mother.
- James Grove White, Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 1905. Historical and topographical notes, etc. on Buttevant. Page 291.