Sites & cities that bear the name of Drumlane


Today in : Ireland
First trace of activity : ca. 6th century C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 19th century C.E
Recorded names : Droim Leathan

Description : Drumlane (Irish: Droim Leathan, meaning "The Broad Ridge") is the name given to a townland situated near the village of Milltown, area 85.76 hectares (211.93 acres), set in a rich fertile landscape of County Cavan, Ireland. It is also the name of the civil parish in which the townland is situated. The Drumlane name denotes the drumlin region of low hilly ribbed moraines formed over a limestone bedrock created by the movement of glacial ice and melt water during the last Ice Age. Several townlands in this neighbourhood are prefixed with the word 'Drum', while several others are prefixed with the word 'Derry' which is Irish for Oak-wood, giving us a clear description of the local natural terrain before human habitation. There is recorded evidence of people living and farming around the neighbourhood of Drumlane for over two thousand years. This is seen mainly on maps and on land in the form of ringforts and enclosures. While in the nearby Derrybrick lough there are the remains of crannogs which are man made islands used for living accommodation. The most profoundly unique feature of this countryside comes in the form of a ruined Augustinian monastic church and round tower. The early Christian site at Drumlane is said to date back to Saint Columba around c555 AD. Afterwards Drumlane was regarded locally as one of St. Maedoc of Ferns churches (known locally as St. Mogue) from whom many miraculous stories and legends arise. Significant Church developments started to take place throughout Ireland during the twelfth century with the reforming of diocese and the creation of archbishoprics at Armagh and Cashel. A Synod of Kells in 1152 began further changes where the Kingdom of Breifni became the new Tir Briuin diocese boundary stretched from Kells in Meath to Sligo. Drumlane being the midpoint of the new Breifne Tir Briuin Diocese to come under the jurisdiction of the Abbot of Kells order of Augustinian Canons regular St. Mary's Abbey of Kells. Drumlane priory was called afterwards St. Mary's Drumlane until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the mid sixteenth century.

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