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Dan Rice Memorial Hall Community Centre
Population 1,280 (2001 Census)
District Down
County County Down
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT24
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament South Down
NI Assembly South Down
List of places
Northern Ireland

Drumaness (formerly Drumanessy; from Irish: Droim an Easa, meaning "ridge of the waterfall")[1] is a village and townland (of 761 acres) in the Down District Council area of County Down, Northern Ireland. It is 5 kilometres south of Ballynahinch, beside the main A24 Belfast to Newcastle road. It is situated in the civil parish of Magheradrool and the historic barony of Kinelarty.[2] In the 2001 Census it had a population of 1,280 people.


The population of Drumaness on Census day (29 April 2001) was 1280 people. The demographic characteristics of the people living in Drumaness was as follows:

  • 31.4% were aged under 16 years;
  • 11.1% were aged 60 and over; the average age was 30.7 years (NI average age 35.8 years);
  • 47.7% of the population were male and 52.3% were female;
  • 91.7% were from a Catholic Community Background;
  • 7.4% were from a 'Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related)' Community Background
  • 6.3% were born outside Northern Ireland; and
  • 0.5% were from an ethnic group other than white.

History and development[edit]

Drumaness developed as a mill village in 1850, with the opening of a spinning mill on the banks of the River Cumber. The village lost its employment role in 1968 following the closure of the mill and today it is largely a commuter settlement. It contains a limited range of services and shops. Christ The King Catholic Primary School and the Church of Christ the King are situated on the Drumsnade Road on the opposite side of the Newcastle Road, approximately 0.5 kilometres south west of the village.

Drumaness in the early 1900s showing the Dan Rice Hall

The centre of the village has a distinctive appearance with listed terraces of mill buildings, alleyways, courtyards and a millpond. The Dan Rice Memorial Hall, now used as a community centre, is a listed building.

A recent application for the opening of a pharmacy in Drumaness has been curtailed due to opposition by several competing pharmacies in Ballynahnich, who believe that the addition of a such a public service in a village 3 miles away would constitute unfair competition.


Drumaness is in the Parish of Magheradroll. There is evidence of Gaelic football being played in the parish as far back as 1889 when a club was in existence in Glassdrummond, on the Belfast side of Ballynahinch. A club was formed in Ballynahinch in 1935 and continued until it moved to Drumaness in February 1957, where it has remained ever since. The Down All-Ireland-winning footballer Peter Withnell is a native of Drumaness.[3]

Drumaness Mills F.C. are a local soccer club playing in the NAFL Premier Division of the Northern Amateur Football League.

Drumaness Cricket Club plays in the NCU Senior League.

Drumaness GAA club has recently decided to bring back their Camogie club after closing it down following many years of running.


Drumaness has a Catholic chapel called "Christ the King".

Local Schools and Pre-School Services[edit]

Drumaness has one Catholic Primary School called 'Christ The King'. On the Drumsnade Road, South West Of The Village

Drumaness Also Has A Playgroup Located On The Grounds Of The Local School And Is Very Popular. It Is Cross-Community Unlike The Catholic Primary



  1. ^ Placenames NI
  2. ^ "Drumaness". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Mourne Mauler (The Irish Examiner, 17 Sept. 2010)