Drumcliff [1] or Drumcliffe (Irish: Droim Chliabh , which means “ridge baskets”) is a village in County Sligo, Ireland. It is 8 km (5 miles) north of Sligo town on the N15 road on a low ridge between Mount Ben bulb and Drum bay. It is the Drumcliff River, was originally called “Codnach”, which drains Glencar Lake. [2] The name means Codnach chief or prince river. The old name of Drumcliff was Cnoc na Teagh (trans. Hill of). The village is one of several possible locations in Co. Sligo to solve Nagnata as marked on Claudius Ptolemy’s early map of Ireland.


An old poem in Dinnsenchus (Lore places) tells how the baskets in the name refers to the basket frames a fleet of boats that once were here.

Drumcliff formed the western extremity of the kingdom Breifne (the east end was Kells), and the northern end of Tir Fhiacrach Múaidhe (Tireragh).

An ancient battle fought here in the AM 3656 (1538 BC) by legendary Milesian monarch Tigearnmas. Tigernmas. Cath Codnaige in Tuath Eba in Cairpre Moir Droma Cliab, fought with Tigernmas AFM


St. Colmcille founded a monastery in Drumcliff in around 575. [ citation needed ] .The monastery was of such importance that it gave its name to the territory of Cairbre Drom Cliabh where it is. The first abbot was St. Mothorian.

Lord of Cairbre “Dunadhach, a noble protector, a famous man who was held hostage, a devout soldier of the race of Conn (buried) in hazelnut cross Drumcliff”

Annals says that in 1225, Amlaib O Beollain, erenach Drumcliff, a man distinguished for generosity and for her guest-house, died this year . The O’Beollain (Boland) were hereditary keepers of Drumcliff monastery.

1187 – Drum plundered by the son Melaghlin O’Rourke, Lord of Hy-Briuin and Conmaicne, and the son of Cathal O’Rourke, along with English Meath. But God and St. Columbkille forged a remarkable miracle in this case; son Melaghlin O’Rourke was killed in Conmaicne two weeks after surgery, and the eyes of the son of Cathal O’Rourke was exhibited by O’Muldory (Flaherty) in revenge Columbkille. One hundred and twenty of the son Melaghlin’s retainers were also killed throughout Conmaicne and Carbury of Drumcliff, through the miracles of God and St. Columbkille.

1355.1 – Conor Mac Consnava, Bishop of Kilmore Breifne from Drumcliff Kells, died.

All that remains now is an Irish High Cross dating to the 9th century, [ citation needed ] and destroyed 10 or 11 century round tower, the only one known in County Sligo, was the round tower struck by lightning in 1396. ” Celtic high crosses Drumcliff. “ Furthermore, the cross-decorated tiles are built into the walls of the current church.

William Butler Yeats

Drumcliff is the final resting place of poet WB Yeats (1865-1939), who is buried in the cemetery of St. Columba’s Church of Ireland Church. Even Yeats died in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France in January 1939, his remains were brought home to Ireland with the Irish Naval Service and re-buried at Drumcliff in 1948 in the presence of a large number of locals and dignitaries including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Seán MacBride, who represented government. [3] His reads epitafium

“Cast a cold eye

In the life of death

Horseman, pass ”

Yeats grandfather was the headmaster of Drumcliff as John Butler Yeats remarked in a letter to his son William in 1913: “My father, tho ‘a low Churchman, hated Presbyterianism and Presbyterians Why Because he knew that members of his own family, the Catholic.? farmers in Drumcliff. in his time there were forty houses between the rectory gate and the round tower, now there is just one. in my grandfather’s time, he and the parish priest friends. Maynooth did not exist, and the priest educated in the liberal atmosphere of a French college, and possibly both read Voltaire and Gibbon.one of the farmers said that he remembered the priest get up a bonfire to celebrate my grandfather’s return to the congregation from a lengthy stay in Dublin. ”

  • Grave of WB Yeats in Drum Cemetery
  • The round tower in Drumcliff
  • Celtic High Cross in Drum Cemetery
  • Drumcliffe graveyard

See also

  • List of towns and villages in Ireland


  1. Jump up ^ “Chliabh Droim / Drum | placental Database of Ireland “.logainm.ie. Pulled 02/07/2016.
  2. Jump up ^ “DOI: Onomasticon Goedelicum (C)”. publish.ucc.ie. Pulled 02/07/2016.
  3. Jump up ^ Foster, Roy (2003). WB Yeats: A Life, Vol. II: The Arch-Poet 1915-1939. New York:. Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-818465-4.