Dromahair is a lovely village in County Leitrim, with a vibrant community. A wonderfully scenic drive along the shores of Lough Gill takes you from Dromahair to Parkes Castle.
The town is located on the banks of the River Bonet, close to the river’s entry point to Lough Gill, and many people come to the area to visit places such as Dooney Rock and the Isle of Innisfree made famous by Ireland’s most celebrated poet William Butler Yeats. Yeats is said to have visited the area often to visit his friend the local parish priest.
It has an interesting historical past and Medieval Ireland saw Dromahair as the capital of Breifne, a Gaelic confederation that stretched from Kells in County Meath across County Cavan and north County Leitrim to County Sligo. It was the seat of the O’Rourkes, the ancient Kings of Breifne.
A particularly nice riverside walk brings you to the ruins of Creevelea Abbey, a Franciscan Friary, one of the last to be built in Ireland before the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII.
Dromahair’s Irish name is Droim Dhá Thiar which is translated locally as the Ridge of Two Demons.
Things to do and see in the Dromahair area:
To find more places to go, things to do and places to stay or eat near to where you are visiting, this handy map will help you to plan your trip.