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Drumohair - Leitrim - Main St

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Drumohair - Leitrim - Main St

Built on the banks of the Bonet River which flows into Lough Gill, it is a town rich in history. Seat of the O'Rourkes, the ancient High Kings of Breifne, one of the old Celtic kingdoms, the ruins of his castle and banqueting hall are present in the village.

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Photo Details

  • County: Leitrim
  • Town: Drumahair
  • Scene: Main St & O'Rourke's Castle
  • Date: circa 1905
  • Digitally remastered

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  • 10' x 8' printed on quality photo paper
  • Also available mounted & framed, ask for details
  • Colour images can be printed in black& white if preferred.
  • Read about Drumohair below

Drumahair

Dromahair (Irish: Droim a dhá Eathair; Droim dhá Thiar (alt.)) is a small village in County Leitrim, Ireland. Of the two Irish possible names, Droim a dhá Eathair ('Ridge of the two air-demons') is the oldest. Dromahair is located 12 miles from Sligo town.

Built on the banks of the Bonet River which flows into Lough Gill, it is a town rich in history. Seat of the O'Rourkes, the ancient High Kings of Breifne, one of the old Celtic kingdoms, the ruins of his castle and banqueting hall are present in the village. It is also the place from which Devorgilla fled with her lover, Diarmuid McMurrough, an act which set in train a series of internal divisions in ancient Ireland, leading ultimately to the invasion of Ireland by the English.

The village was modelled on a village in Somerset by the Earl of Leitrim, and the central streetscape still follows the pattern set down by him. William Butler Yeats used to visit the town regularly to meet the parish priest. He referred to the town in 'The man who dreamed of Faeryland':

He stood among a crowd at Dromahair
His heart hung all upon a silken dress
And he had known at last some tenderness
Before earth took him to her stony care...

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