Chris Kirk, John Geary, Suzanne Gunn, - members of Drumlane Heritage Group, Johan Farrelly Historian & Archaeologist, Anne Marie Ward - Heritage Officer, Cavan County Council, Niamh Smyth TD and Michéal McCabe Drumlane Heritage Group

Smyth highlights potential of Drumlane Abbey

Developing the full potential of Drumlane Abbey in Milltown will create a unique tourist attraction one local political representative has suggested.

Deputy Niamh Smyth (FF) made her observation after meeting with Anne Marie Ward and the Drumlane Abbey Heritage committee.

Deputy Smyth commented on the remarkable potential of the site: “Nestled above the shores of Garfinny Lough, the rich heritage and folklore of Drumlane Abbey and Round Tower is an amazing gem. I can start to understand the tranquillity and calm that St Colmcille was looking for when he built this settlement in 555AD.”

The Round Tower at Drumlane is the only one of its kind remaining in the diocese of Kilmore. The towers are of Christian and ecclesiastical origin and were erected at various periods between the 5th and 13th centuries.

Deputy Smyth said the meeting with the Drumlane Abbey Heritage committee was very productive: “I was delighted to meet and engage with the committee whose sole purpose is to ensure this magical monastic site is preserved and maintained. With an appropriate amount of investment and funding, this site has the potential to be a viable and unique tourist attraction generating an income that can be reinvested in its future,” she concluded.