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Irish: Druim Ceath
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Drumkee townland in 2006
Drumkee is located in Northern Ireland
 Drumkee shown within Northern Ireland
County County Tyrone
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT71
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
List of places
Northern Ireland

Coordinates: 54°30′36″N 6°40′30″W / 54.510°N 6.675°W / 54.510; -6.675

Drumkee is a townland in the southeast of County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is directly south of the area presently known as Coalisland[1] and east, and slightly north, of Dungannon.[2] It is situated in the historic barony of Dungannon Middle and the civil parish of Killyman and covers an area of 285 acres.[3] The barony's tax records dated 1666 list two families living in Drumkee.[4]

The name derives from the Irish: Druim Chaoich (Ridge of the Blind Man) or Druim Ceath (ridge of western aspect).[5]


The population of the townland declined during the 19th century:[6][7]

Year 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Population 350 184 168 145 127 111
Houses 70 39 38 31 29 28

Drumkee presently has a population of around 150, and many of its inhabitants are relations.[citation needed] Surnames which appear on the 1666 list include McRory and Condson.[4] By the mid-19th century, the name Hunter appears in Drumkee burial records.[8] The surname Mullan appears in a 1910 directory of the area.[9]


Drumkee is affiliated with the Killyman Gaelic Athletic Association football club, St. Brigids.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Map of County Tyrone showing Dungannon, the closest population center to the township of Drumkee. Accessed July 11, 2007.


  1. ^ Coalisland Map. Accessed July 11, 2007.
  2. ^ Dungannon LGD Killyman Ward 95OO17 map from the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service. Accessed July 11, 2007.
  3. ^ "Townlands of County Tyrone". IreAtlas Townland Database. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Hearth Money Rolls of Barony of Dungannon. Accessed July 11, 2007.
  5. ^ "Drumkee". Place Names NI. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Census of Ireland 1851". Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Census of Ireland 1891". Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Killyman Burial Records. Accessed July 11, 2007.
  9. ^ Belfast and Ulster Towns Directory for 1910. Accessed July 11, 2007.