Drumlish

Drumlish Corn Mill

Location
Drumlish is a large thriving village in North County Longford, close to the Cavan and Leitrim Borders, and near to the village of Ballinamuck.

Name
The name Drumlish is derived from Droim Lis meaning ‘ridge of the fort’.

History & Info
The village earned its place in history due to the extraordinary participation of its people in the Land War, 12-14 January 1881 when local tenants led by James Mc Donnell of Melkagh and Fr Tom Conefryt, campaigned to have rents reduced by their landlord, the Earl of Granard. The Landwar Monument,  designed by John Carthy and Mattie Casey,commemorates those people who took part in the Irish Land War. It was erected on a site donated by Michael Burbage and was unveiled on 19 July 1981. James McDonnell of Melkagh is named on the inscription to represent the thousands of men and women from Co Longford who took part in the fight against the tyranny of the local landlords. The symbolic cabin of 1881 and the dwelling house of 1981 mark the dramatic change in living standards that has accompanied the transition from tenancy to pride of ownership.

The Old Corn Mill is another interesting building in Drumlish. Situated along the main Longford/Cavan Road and almost beneath the shadow of Cairn Hill, the mill has been in the Rogers family for nearly two centuries and did a flourishing business up to the 1950s. It served a wide area for the milling of oats into oatmeal and also corn-crushing. During the famine of 1846/1847, the oats crop helped many to survive and as a result Drumlish did not suffer as badly as other areas.

Another place of interest, just outside the village, is Kilmahon Graveyard,  the site of an ancient cemetery and some faint traces of an early church or ‘ceall’ – the cell of a hermit. This hermit was St Muadan or St Mahon and reference is made to him in the ancient manuscript relating to St Colmcille. In fact he is a contemporary of Colmcille and so lived in the 6th century. The Book of Leinster speaks of Mahon of Kilmahon and gives the 12th May as his feast day.

Things to See & Do
The village of Drumlish has some great accommodation, lively pubs and every other convenience a modern village requires. It is the perfect place to experience typical village life in rural Ireland. It is also home to two of Irelands greatest country music stars, Declan Nerney and Mick Flavin and is the venue for the annual festival ‘The Marquee in Drumlish’ which attracts headlining music acts from Ireland and abroad. Drumlish is the starting point for the climb of Corn Hill ( Cairn Hill) the highest point in the county. This walk is traditionally taken by the villagers on the first Sunday in June.  The accessibility of Drumlish to  all the great lakes and rivers of North Longford as well as Leitrim and Cavan, make it the perfect spot for visiting anglers or those with a love of water sports. 

Information on the heritage sites of Drumlish can be found on the Explore Longford App available to download here:

 

 

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