Dromahair, meaning “Ridge of Two Demons”, is a village set in a lovely landscape in county Leitrim, almost halfway between Sligo town and Manorhamilton.
The village itself is situated on the banks of the River Bonet, which flows into Lough Gill.
Dromahair was modeled on a village in Somerset, England by the Earl of Leitrim and still follows the pattern set down by him.
During the 10th century, Dromahair was the seat of the O’Rourkes, who were the ancient Kings of Brieifne.
They built a castle in approx. 950 AD, the ruins of which can be seen in the village, on a site where a number of holiday cottages have now been built.
Nearby Creevelea Abbey is a Franciscan Friary, which founded in 1508 and used until the Franciscans were forced to leave by the Cromwellian army in the 17th century.
It was one of the last abbeys to be built in Ireland before the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII.
A lovely river walk lets you explore the area and guides you to the ruins of the abbey.
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