About Drumhome Heritage Society
Drumhome Parish in Donegal is rich in History and Heritage, but due recently to preliminary investigations by credited archaeologist, Drumhome has been marked as an area rich in ancient sites of National importance. Drumhome Heritage Society was set up in 2015 to promote the development of the Columban Monastic site at Drumhome, The Monastic Site at Ballymagroarty Irish said to be home of the Ancient Cathect or Battle Book, Ard Fothaidh or McGonigle’s Fort Glasbolie, The pre-historic Cairn at Lurgan, The Megalithic Tomb at Lurgan and The Tomb of St. Assicus at Racoo.
We wish to take each site in turn and develop them as part of a local heritage trail for the local people and people of Ireland. It is our aim to preserve, protect and promote our historic sites and bring our rich history to the forefront. To quote our local writer/historian Keith Corcoran “Our challenge is to ignite an interest in this area for future generations, so that they would Respect this Place, Celebrate this Place and Draw Wonder from it.”
Progress of our Society.
A talk was given at our initial meeting in 2015 by Mrs. Helen Meehan, a well know historian and writer in the Donegal Historical Society on Drumhome Monastery. Since then the Drumhome Historical Society has been meeting once a month. We gained permission from the Irish Monuments Service and the Donegal County Council / Heritage Section to erect an information notice on the outside wall of the Grave Yard at Drumhome. Consequently, Fàilte Ireland have given recognition and approval of the site and is now included in tourism brochures. In addition, Slìghe Cholmcille / The Columban Way has given Drumhome recognition and the site is now included in their list of Columban monastic sites in Ireland. This is a joint Scottish / Irish enterprise setting out to encourage people to visit sites in both countries.
In 2018, a feasibility study was undertaken and produced by Wolfhound Archeology to establish the way forward for the Drumhome site. This study was an investigation of the potential to develop heritage projects in the Parish of Drumhome, Co. Donegal, an example being the development of a walk linking Drumhome with the adjoining Murvagh-Inishfad-Lower-Rossnowlagh Beaches and a walk linking Drumhome with the Fort of Kings at Glasbolie.
We have been awarded the National Heritage Council logo to display on our social media sites and to help publicise Drumhome Heritage Events and Achievements.