Drum, County Monaghan
Road through Drum. The building with the gable towards the road is the Protestant Hall.
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Location and name
Drum is situated between some lakes, such as Drum Lough to the north, Quarry Lough to the west, and Long Lough to the south. It is named for the surrounding drumlin terrain. Local people arranged signage at Drum Lough, which has duck.
The village lies on a minor road off the main Monaghan Town to Cootehill road, and the nearest larger settlements are Cootehill and Newbliss, site of the national writers' and artists' retreat facility, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig.
Drum has a Church of Ireland church, one of the oldest Presbyterian congregations on the island of Ireland (although the current Presbyterian church was only built in the c. 1820s), a Free Presbyterian church and a Gospel Hall. Unusually for Ireland, especially for the Republic of Ireland, Drum has no Catholic church in the actual village. The nearest Catholic church to the village is St. Joseph's Church, also known as Corrinshigo Chapel, parts of which were built c. 1870 and which was significantly altered in the 1960s, and is located less than two miles west of Drum.
The village also has a Protestant Hall, which hosts two Orange Lodges and an accordion band. A blue plaque on the wall of the Protestant Hall commemorates John Deyell, who later founded a settlement in Canada. There is also a branch of the Royal Black Preceptory, and the Drum Association, a local development association, which shares premises with the Wee Drummers childcare facility, but no GAA club. There is a Protestant primary school, while the nearest secondary school is in Cootehill, a 15-minutes drive away. Drum also participates in the Tidy Towns competition. The village shop and the last local public house closed in the 2010s, and the nearest retail facilities are now in Cootehill.
- John Deyell, c. 1775 - 1878, surveyor and founder of Millbrook, Ontario
- Thomas Stinson, 1798 – 1864, merchant and landowner in Hamilton, Ontario
- Joseph Rutherford Dundas, 1836 – 1896, Canadian merchant and politician
- Heather Humphreys, 1963 -, Irish politician, Minister
- Little, Ivan (20 July 2016). "Welcome to Drum - the only Protestant village in Republic of Ireland". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
- Gerry Moriarty (8 August 2016). "Protestant drum is still beating strong in Border village". The Irish Times.
- National Inventory of Architectural Heritage: Drum Presbyterian Church. https://www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/41402207/drum-presbyterian-church-cortober-county-monaghan
- Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster - The Counties of Armagh, Cavan and Monaghan (also known as the Pevsner Guide to South Ulster), p. 320. Yale University Press, London, 2013
- Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster - The Counties of Armagh, Cavan and Monaghan (also known as the Pevsner Guide to South Ulster), p. 321. Yale University Press, London, 2013. (Mulligan claims that Corrinshigo Chapel was newly built on an old site in 1964.)
- National Inventory of Architectural Heritage: Corrinshigo Church. (The N.I.A.H. claims that the current Corrinshigo Chapel was built around 1870.) https://www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/41402202/corrinshigo-catholic-church-corrinshigo-county-monaghan
- "Stinson, Thomas". Stinson Community Association. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
- "People: Joseph Rutherford Dundas, M.P." Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 29 March 2020.