The scenic village of Drummin is situated close to Ireland’s Holy Mountain of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo. The area around Drummin was once controlled by Mayo’s Pirate Queen, Gráinne Uaile as the elevated site offered long range views of nearby Clare Island and Clew Bay.
Brackloon Wood is located close to Drummin and contains some of Ireland’s finest examples of Atlantic Oakwood.
There are other items of historical importance in the wooded grounds leading to nearby Westport and the Tóchar Valley Walk, which passes through Drummin and Brackloon. This ancient trail is used by pilgrims en route to Croagh Patrick and dates back to pre-Christian times where once it stretched to Tulsk in County Roscommon.
One of the most famous people to descend from this part of Mayo is Father Patrick Malone, who was born in nearby Arderry.
Father Malone served in the US Army before he was ordained a priest in 1925 but when he returned to Ireland in 1947, the Mayo native pursued his interest in Film-making and Poetry.
He went on to produce many pieces of work which were published in journals and newspapers, while his films were shown in the Mayo area.
The histroy of Father Patrick Malone is explained in detail in our link below.