Dan Rice Memorial Hall Community Centre
|Population||1,280 (2001 Census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
Drumaness (formerly Drumanessy; from Irish: Droim an Easa, meaning "ridge of the waterfall") is a village and townland (of 761 acres) in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area of County Down, Northern Ireland. It is 3 miles or 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. 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
- 6.3% were born outside Northern Ireland; and
- 0.5% were from an ethnic group other than white.
History and development
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 a quarter or a mile or 0.5 kilometres south west of the village.
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 Ballynahinch, who believe that the addition of such a public service in a village 3 miles away would constitute unfair competition.
Former world champion MMA Fighter Paul McVeigh started his martial arts with Down Community Jujitsu Clubs in Drumaness.
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.
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
Drumaness has one Catholic Primary School called 'Christ The King'.
- Amanda McKittrick Ros, the writer, was born in Drumaness (b. 1860 - d. 1939).
- Paul Rice, is the most magnificent person ever to emerge from Drumaness (b. 1979 - still walks the earth). He’s been hailed as the best teabagger to emerge from the village. Some say, he was once bitten by a king cobra. After 6 days of agonising pain, the king cobra died.
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