Moyne

View of North Longford in the parish of Dromard

Location
The parish of Dromard in North Longford is unique in that it is the point at which three counties and three provinces meet, Longford , Leitrim and Cavan, Ulster, Connaught and Leinster.

Name
Dromard Parish (“Lower Killoe”) was once part of the larger medieval parish of Killoe and Moyne is part of the parish. It takes its name from an old Mass house built in the 1750s on Dromard.

History & Info 
Moyne is a small but lively village in the parish of Dromard North Longford. This part of the county is particularly scenic as it is dotted with a mass of lakes along the borders of Leitrim and Cavan. Renowned as an excellent angling destination, there are several great self catering premises located in the area which cater for guests to the parish. The people of the parish of Dromard have a great community spirit and extend their unique hospitality to visitors from outside the county borders.  Moyne Community School is a multi-denominational co-educational school, built on a large site consisting of slightly over 30 acres on Firmullagh Hill in the parish of Dromard, Co.Longford. Established in 1973 through the amalgamation of the old “Latin School” Moyne and “Ballinamuck Vocational School”. The building was opened to pupils on 9th September 1974. Bishop Cathal Daly in his foreword to the book “The Latin School” described Moyne Community School as the “legitimate inheritor of the Latin School”. Its staff and students have inherited the name and honour of “Moyne men” and “Moyne women”. They are entrusted with the perpetuation of the traditional spirit of the Latin School. The current local drama group who perform an annual drama show are entitled ‘The Latin School Players’.

Things to See & Do
Dromard has been one of the most successful GAA teams in the County of Longford and are current contenders for the County Championship title for 2013. The club boasts fantastic playing and recreational facilities and is one of the best grounds either urban or rural in the county.  ‘The Haggard’ in Ballyduffy Moyne is the Arts, Culture and Heritage Centre for the three province area and as such hosts a variety of events such as traditional music sessions, ceili dancing, plays and drama groups, as well as small festivals and events. ‘The Haggard’ is also the site of the annual ‘Mow Pat Murphys Meadow’ event which sees the men of the parish and further afield compete, as well as demonstrate, in the art of traditional scything of the local land. Moyne and Dromard are close to both Cavan and Leitrim borders so if visitors decide they need a break from the rural tranquillity, there are several larger towns and villages within easy travelling distance, which provide shopping as well as weekly entertainment. Locally, there are shops, pubs and restaurants to keep visitors to the area occupied. This part of the county is a haven for anglers as it is a mass of lakes along the borders with Leitrim and Cavan. Nearby Guladoo Lough has an excellent picnic site for visiting with the children during the summer months.

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

 

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