Visit to Drumhome medieval monastery site

Visit to Drumhome medieval monastery site

There's a rare opportunity to learn about the 6th Century Columban monastery site at Drumhome, Ballintra this Friday evening.

The massive site was discovered three years ago when the Church of Ireland commissioned a survey with a view to building a car park next to the cemetery there.

Archeologists who carried out a preliminary dig at the time said that the site is very extensive and of national importance.

The walk will start from Mullinasole Pier at 6pm where registration will take place. Adults are asked to donate €5 while children go free.

The 3km walk to Drumhome along back roads will be led by Mr. Michael Drumm of Wolfhound Archaeology who will share fascinating snippets of the history of Drumhome en route. He will then give a short talk at walk’s end on the historical importance of Drumhome as an ancient Columban monastic site c. 560 AD, and the fact it may have been as extensive as Clonmacnoise. Refreshments will be provided for everyone at walk’s end, courtesy of Mr. Geoffrey McClay.

Drumhome Heritage Group have organised the event as part of National Heritage Week. Ring Danny on 087 759 8627 for more info.