Drumsna Tourist Information
Droim ar snámh, the ridge of the swimming place has always been associated with activity on the water. Its harbour dates to 1817 and was a hive of commercial waterway activity until the more northern navigation to Carrick on Shannon was opened in 1850. Today the waterway is still a hive of activity especially in the summer months but at a much more leisurely pace.
Historic Trolllope Trail
The Wesleyan historical society erected a memorial to Robert Strawbridge in Drumsna in 1992. Strawbridge who was born in Drumsna in 1732. is credited as being the first preacher of Methodism in America, he died in Baltimore, Maryland in 1781.
Surgeon Thomas Heazle Parke’s Grave
Thomas Heazle Parke was born in Clogher House, Drumsna, a noted writer and explorer he also accompanied Stanley on his famous Nile Expedition of 1887. After his death Parke’s body was returned to Drumnsa and is buried within the ruins of the old church in the village.
Doon of Drumsna
Sometime between 338BC and 44BC, during the Iron Age, massive ramparts of an east-west running earthwork were constructed. The earthwork, measuring 1.6km and 30 m wide, with a maximum height of 6m, cuts off a great loop of the River Shannon and encloses about 100ha of land. Various other banks and ditches occur. It is interpreted as a sophisticated frontier fortification erected to control access from the Leitrim side of the Shannon across the multiple fording points formed by the rocky river bed and the Doon would have been impassible to attackers. The scale of the monument constructed of 500,000 tones of soil and numerous trees, implies the existence of a centralised controlling body that oversaw the planning, design and function of the gigantic fortification. In spite of its large scale the Doon lies hidden in the modern field pattern although its banks can be made out from Corlara Bridge outside Jamestown.
Drumsna Roman Catholic Church Church
Built in 1845 and part financed from the proceeds of a trip to Rome by the then Parish Priest, Father George Geraghty, the building boasts one of the largest church bells in the country. The church also contains a statue to the Virgin Mary which was the only surviving item from Belmount House when it was destroyed by fire. Sunday mass is celebrated in the church by Father John Wall at 9:30 am.
Located at the quay, this statue underlines the village’s long association with, and love of the water.
This scenic part of the village follows the route of the shannon from Drumsna bridge and includes a peacefully picnic area.
Drumsna is widely acknowledged as an anglers paradise. The many unpolluted lakes and rivers in the area support a huge population of wild fish. Coarse fish species include Bream, Roach, Rudd, Hybrids, Tench, Pike, Perch and Eels.
The Shannon flows through the village and there are several good fishing lakes close by. The Shannon has Bream, Rudd, Roach, Tench, Perch and Pike. Lough Aduff just outside the village is a very good Bream and Roach water with good Tench present to 5lbs . Headford is a small lake located about 1½ mile north east of the village of Drumsna, this lake has a good stock of Bream to 3lbs and some very good Tench fishing can be had here, especially during the summer months.
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