Villiers & Rubens
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Villiers & Rubens

Most recently (2017) a portrait of Villiers, long thought to be a copy of a masterpiece by Rubens, has been authenticated as being in fact the original. International newspapers carried the story. Continue reading

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60 Years – S.L.&N.C.R. and Dromahair Station – by Margaret Connolly
19th Century / 20th Century / Irish Heritage / Leitrim / Railway / The Abbey Loop / Timeline

60 Years – S.L.&N.C.R. and Dromahair Station – by Margaret Connolly

On September 30th 2017, sixty years later, but right on time, a ghostly whistle blew, announcing the anniversary of the moment the last train departed from Dromahair Station. The audience stilled. Then Margaret Connolly introduced her wonderful talk at The Clubhouse, right beside Dromahair Railway Station to listeners who included many who had travelled on the … Continue reading

Press / Media Archives.
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Press / Media Archives.

TG4 . Telefís na Gaeilge . Bealach Glas agus An Lúb. This is a  2-minute TG4 item about Dromahair, the place name milestones carved by Seamus Dunbar , situated along the Abbey Loop walk, and the Ciorcal Gaelach which meets in Stanfords around 12 pm on Saturdays. Crank and Cog . Leitrim Observer. August 26th 2016 As part … Continue reading

Planxty O’Rourke / Pléaracha na Ruarcach
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Planxty O’Rourke / Pléaracha na Ruarcach

A song describing the legendary feasts of O’ Rourke , presumably held at the now ruined Banqueting Hall behind Villiers Castle in Dromahair . The poem is based on the Christmas festivities held in the Great Hall of the castle at Dromahaire, County Leitrim, by the Irish chieftain Brian na Murtha O Ruairc, Prince of Breffni, and … Continue reading

Leean & Loughadoon Prehistory – a Boulder Circle , Court Tomb and Pedestal Rocks
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Leean & Loughadoon Prehistory – a Boulder Circle , Court Tomb and Pedestal Rocks

A detailed Queens University Belfast study, Leean Mountain Prehistoric Landscape in Context reports evidence of human impact from 4000 BC, and documents managed  forests, cereal cultivation, rock carving, and artefacts such as a Porcellanite Axe and a Bronze Age blade.  Location http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/Leean/ Megalithic Period 4000 BCE “The top of the cap of the northern pedestal rock has been … Continue reading

Diarmait Mac Murchada
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Diarmait Mac Murchada

Dromahair – Abduction, Revenge and Invasion 1170 History Ireland : Dervorgilla: scarlet woman or scapegoat? WikiPedia article :  Diarmait Mac Murchada (c. 1110 – c. 1 May 1171) was a King of Leinster in Ireland. In 1167, he was deprived of his kingdom by the High King of Ireland . The grounds for the dispossession were that … Continue reading