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Drumeeny, County Antrim


Ir. Droim Fhinnigh ‘ridge of the mill’


The early Irish forms in 700c and 900c relate to the founding of a church here by St. Patrick to which he appointed Éanán (O.Ir. Énán). Colgan suggested that this Éanán was the son of Muán who is commemorated in the parish name of Ramoan. The personal name Finneach (O.Ir. Findech) which features in the townland name, is a ‘male and female [name]... derived either from finn ’fair’ or from finnech ’having a lot of hair’’ (Ó Corráin & Maguire 1981, 102 sv. Finnech). Forms Druminine (1657c) Drumnenyne (1657c, 1661), Drumenine (1663, 1700) and Drumnemyne (1668) appear to be based on Droim Éanáin ‘Éanán’s ridge’, but they come from related sources and may contain scribal errors.

The Ordnance Survey recorded the following in 1838:         

In Drumeeny and holding of Hugh Laverty and co., and about 1 mile south west of Bonamarge [sic] ancient church, there stands the remains of an ancient grave-yard and supposed ancient church, locally called Kille Enan. This graveyard was situated on a gentle elavation contiguous to the River Shesk, and contained about two roods of ground. It was enclosed by a thick stone and clay fence...  About the centre of the graveyard stood the ruins of some ancient building supposed to have been a church. It stood 30 by 21 feet on the outside (OSM ix 109).

It was also recorded that:

In Drumeeny and holding of John Thompson, and situated on a handsome eminence about 150 yards north west of the ancient church and graveyard, there stands the ruins of another ancient church which measures 28 feet 8 inches by 15 feet 2 inches inside, walls run together by grouted mortar of a superior quality... This building is locally called Cloughneingobban, and thought to [have] been erected by Gobban Seir’s daughter... However, the old residents call and believe it to be an ancient church, one of the first two of stone and lime work founded in this part of the country, and also to have been for some time the seat of nuns. It is probable that [Kille Enan]... was disused and superseded by this more modern erection of stone and lime work (ibid. 110-1; cf. also O’Laverty iv422-4).

The anglicized form Kille Enan, which Reeves wrote as Killeenan in 1847 (EA 285, 386), may derive from Cill Éanáin Éanán’s church’. Cloughneingobban is probably based on Cloch Níon Ghobáin ‘(stone) castle of the daughter of Gobán Saor’; Gobán Saor is the master artificer to whom various buildings throughout the country are ascribed (cf. Ó hÓgáin 1991, 241-43).


(info. from Mac Gabhann, F. (1997): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 7 p. 249)

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Druim Findich, Enán in 700cTírechán 349
?[in]Druim-[Fh]indich0900cTrip. Life (Stokes) 162
inDruim [Fh]indich, Enán0900cTrip. Life (Stokes) 162
Dromenagh1635Inq. Ult. (Antrim) $100 Car. I
Dromenagh1635Inq. Ult. (Antrim) Car.I $100
Druim indich1647Trias. Thaum. 182b
Druim-Indich, Ecclesiam de1647Trias. Thaum. 146b
Druminine1657cHib. Reg. Cary
Drumnenyne1657cDS (Par. Map) 54
Drumniy1659Census 1659 18
Drumnenyne1661BSD 168
Drumnenine1663Lapsed Money Book 156
Drumnemyne1668ASE 116a $19
Drumnemyne1668ASE 116a
Dromeny1669HMR Ant. 6
Drumine1672cHib. Del.
Drumnenine1700Ant. Forfeit.
Drummeeny1720PRONI D2977/3A/2 /1/27
Drimeeny1734Stewart's Survey 1
Drimeeny1734C. McG. (OSNB) B 17
Drummie1734Religious Survey
Druimindeich1779Mon. Hib. 10
Drimanunny1780Lendrick Map
?Druimindeich1786Mon. Hib. 10
Druminneney1812PRONI D2977/3A/2 /1/40
Drim-back, inney-height1814Rev. Connolly 518
Driminney ""behind the height"";1814Rev. Connolly 518
Drimeeny1830Bnd. Sur. (OSNB) B 17
Druimínidhe ""little ridges""1831J O'D (OSNB) B 17
Drumeeny1831OSNB: gen. sources B 17
Druim aonaigh ""The ridge1905Ó Dubhthaigh 137
of the asssembly""1905Ó Dubhthaigh 137
""St. Enan''s hill""1973Dallat's Ramoan 25
Parish in 1851
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