Drum lying on the west bank of the River Shannon, has a rich cultural and built heritage and a strong sense of community. Bibi Baskin once described it as being "not a town, nor a village, but a place apart."
Drum’s highlights …
- The one thousand square foot Visitor Centre/History Museum contains a display area for public viewing of one of the largest collections in the Midlands of historic documents and memorabilia relating to Drum and its Hinterland.
- Discover the feeling of ancient Ireland when you walk the hallowed ground of the Monastic Site and pathway leading to St. Brigid's Well.
- Experience the quiet solitude as you walk along the Bridle Pathway - a 300 metre long arboreal walkway leading to the 3500 BC Dolmen (Portal Tomb) at Mihanboy (Meehambee).
- Enjoy a visit to the restored Hedge School at Curraghaleen with its sixteen life-size mankin-pupils; replicating the scene as it is recorded in the 1826 Survey of Schools in Ireland. See informative wall panels.
- At Nure, one can see Ireland's only restored Wake house located on an ancient funeral route to Clonmacnoise that was much used by the noble families of the North & West of Ireland. There are a number of decorative wall panels on view.
- Visit the birthplace in the village of Clonellan of the great Gaelic scholar, poet and writer, Sean O'Neachtain, (1650-1728)
- See the magnificent Naghten Family Mausoleum in Thomastown Cemetry and the Memorial at Summerhill commemorating the Daniel O'Connell Repeal Meeting held there in 1843.