Drumlish Heritage and History was set up in October 2016 following a public meeting in Drumlish Library. Its founding members were Annette Kane, Fergus Gorman, Romie Wallace, Aidan Gray Snr., Fr Liam Courtney. Dympna Davis, Mrs Anna Reilly, Sr Kathleen Duffy, Mary Gillooley and Cllr. Paraic Brady.

Committee 2022
Committee 2022

The absence of the visible reminders of the heritage of Drumlish was first noticed back in 2011 when Drumlish Tidy Towns undertook to create and publish a village plan. Through a public consultation process at the time, four areas or themes emerged for attention and heritage and history was one of them, prominent by its absence. This deficiency has largely been redressed in the few years 2019 – 2021 (the Covid 19 years). In 2013, Seán Murphy, living in Dublin, who has strong connections with Clonmacart, contacted the library in Drumlish to see if there was anyone who might have an interest in compiling a history of the parish. The idea was a good one but was parked at the Drumlish end for a period; it came to life again in early 2016 when Seán was invited to give a talk in Drumlish Library about his research. He delivered it in August 2016. It was the spark that resulted in the public meeting that set up the group as a society, from which subcommittees were formed to compile a history in book form, create the O’Higgins memorial and set up and mark the new Drumlish Heritage Trail.  Seán Murphy has published another major piece of work entitled The Townland Names of County Longford 2022.

Drumlish & Ballinamuck Heritage & History – A North Longford Community:


Ordinary membership of the Society is open to any person or body interested in its objectives.


Annual subscription of members shall be decided by the Annual General Meeting and shall become due on 1st September of each year. Currently, the annual subscription is €10.

Each member shall be entitled to attend all Annual General Meetings, Special General Meetings and receive a bi-annual Newsletter.


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Drumlish & Ballinamuck: Heritage & History

Account Name: Drumlish Heritage & History Society
Permanent TSB, 27/28 Main Street, Longford
IBAN: IE73 IPBS 990731 26057257

  • Case Bound € 30
  • Soft Cover € 25

Enquiries to: dhhsinfo19@gmail.com for P & P rates for 2 or more copies

The history book Drumlish & Ballinamuck: Heritage & History is available in the United States at:

Maggie Reilly’s Bar & Restaurant, 340 9th Avenue, New York,  10001

Maggie Reilly's Bar



  • 2016 – Drumlish Heritage & History Society was formed
  • 2019Drumlish & Ballinamuck: Heritage & History published May 2019
  • 2020 – Sculpture of William O’Higgins, Bishop of Ardagh (1829 – 1853) was unveiled
  • 2021 – The sculpture was dedicated by Bishop Francis Duffy now Archbishop of Tuam
  • 2021 – Landwar Commemorative Panels were installed and Drumlish Heritage Trail was created information boards installed.
  • 2021The 1881 – 1981 Landwar Centennial Plaque got a major refurbishment
  • 2022Year of Ceremonies to celebrate the latter achievements

Members of the society continue the work of researching and gathering content for the next volume of our history. The society is represented on the Public Participation Network (PPN) of Longford County Council and County Longford Historical Society


Chairperson: Ms Annette Kane

Vice Chair: Mrs Mary Gillooley

Secretary: Fergus Gorman

Assistant Secretary: Pauric Gill

Treasurers (Joint): Mrs Romie Wallace & Aiden Gray Snr.

Committee Members: Fr Liam Courtney, Mrs Dympna Davis, Mrs Anna Reilly, Cllr. Paraic Brady.