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Dromod (Irish: Dromad, meaning "long ridge, or back of the wood")[2] is a village in County Leitrim, Ireland. Dromod is a noted fishing village beside Bofin and Boderg, which are threaded by the River Shannon. Built along the River Shannon, this is a Tidy Towns winner with a modern harbour frequented by cruiser traffic. The Bog Oak water feature in the centre of the village, entitled 'The Weeping Tree', and was made by a local craftsman from a piece of bog oak which was found nearby.


Railway station
Railway station
Dromod is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°52′00″N 7°55′00″W / 53.8667°N 7.9167°W / 53.8667; -7.9167Coordinates: 53°52′00″N 7°55′00″W / 53.8667°N 7.9167°W / 53.8667; -7.9167
CountyCounty Leitrim
282 m (925 ft)
 • Total555
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceN055907


Between 2006 and 2011 the population of Dromod increased from 210 to 356, an increase of 69.5%.

Dromod railway stationEdit

The village has a station on the Dublin-Sligo railway line connecting Sligo and Dublin Connolly long the mainline. Dromod railway station opened on 3 December 1862 and remains in operation, despite closing for goods services on 3 November 1975.[3] Dromod also had a railway station on the narrow gauge Cavan and Leitrim Railway. It opened on 24 October 1887 and finally closed on 1 April 1959.[3] A short section of narrow gauge line has been reopened at the station as part of preservation efforts.


In Gaelic Ireland the place was called "Dromode mac Shanley" in recognition of the dominant Mac Shanly sept of Muintir Eolais.[4] The town is mentioned once in the Irish Annals- "1473: A great war broke out in Muintir-Eolais; and much was destroyed between them, both by burning and slaying. An attack was made by Mac Rannall on the town of Mac Shanly, and the town was burned, and Donough, the son of Donough Mac Shanly, and many others, were slain by him".[5]

An Iron works was established at Dromod c. 1693 – c. 95.[a] Pig iron brought to Dromod Finery forge was used to produce an malleable iron product, for transportation to Dublin and Limerick.[7][8][9] The operation was closed down in the 1790s, due to an exhaustion of forests locally.[6]

Through at least the 19th and 20th century, an impressive seven annual fairs were held at Dromod- January 1, March 28 (or 29th), May 15, June 26 (or 29th), August 14, October 10 (or 11th), and December 11.[10][11]


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  1. ^ Iron works at Dromod and Ballinamore, on land confiscated from the Irish during the plantations of Ireland, had been established around 1695, by english adventurers named Capt. William Slacke, John Skerret, and Joseph Hall.[6]

Primary sourcesEdit

  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Drumod". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  2. ^ Joyce 1913, pp. 331,336.
  3. ^ a b "Dromod station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 5 September 2007.
  4. ^ Downs Survey 1641.
  5. ^ AFM, pp. M1473.19.
  6. ^ a b Kelly 1995, pp. 1-12.
  7. ^ Meehan 1926, pp. 413.
  8. ^ Buchan 1860, pp. 12.
  9. ^ John Murray 1886, p. 155.
  10. ^ Longman 1819, pp. 405.
  11. ^ Watsons 1830.

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