Dromintee

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Dromintee
County Armagh
Drumintee Chapel - geograph.org.uk - 1420216.jpg
Drumintee Chapel
Location
Grid reference: J037177
Location: 54°5’52"N, 6°24’55"W
Data
Local Government
Council: Newry, Mourne and Down

Dromintee or Drumintee is a small village and townland in the south of County Armagh, by the Ring of Gullion. The 2001 census recorded a population of 364 people.

Thee name ids from the old Irish language, from Druim an Tighe, meaning 'Ridge of the house".[1]

History

Writer and folklorist Michael J. Murphy (1913-1996) was from Dromintee. He contributed much to the BBC and RTÉ coverage of folklore and country life. He also published several books about Irish life, folklore and sayings, such as At Slieve Gullion's Foot.

On 14 May 1977, Captain Robert Nairac, an Army officer, was abducted and killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army outside a pub here, The Three Steps. He was posthumously awarded the George Cross.

Sport

Dromintee was home to the first Gaelic Athletic Association club in the county, briefly active in 1887. Jonesboro Border Rangers GFC was active from the 1920s to 1946, and the present club, Dromintee St Patrick's GAC (Cumann Naomh Pádraig), was formed in 1952 and represents the Dromintee and Jonesborough parish. Gaelic football and camogie are played.

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References

  1. Drumtree - Placenames NI