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Dan Rice Memorial Hall Community Centre
Location within County Down
Population1,280 (2001 Census)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBT24
Dialling code028
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
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Northern Ireland
54°22′06″N 5°51′09″W / 54.3683°N 5.8525°W / 54.3683; -5.8525

Drumaness (formerly Drumanessy; from Irish: Droim an Easa, meaning 'ridge of the waterfall')[1] is a village and townland (of 761 acres) in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area of County Down, Northern Ireland. It is 3 miles or 5 kilometres south of Ballynahinch, beside the main A24 Belfast to Newcastle road. It is situated in the civil parish of Magheradroll and the historic barony of Kinelarty.[2] In the 2011 Census it had a population of 1,339 people.


The population of Drumaness on Census day 2011 was 1339 people. The demographic characteristics of the people living in Drumaness was as follows:

  • 22.93% were aged under 16 years;
  • 10.53% were aged 65 and over; the average age was 32 years (median);
  • 48.24% of the population were male and 51.76% were female;
  • 88.72% were from a Catholic community background;
  • 7.84% were from a 'Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related)' community
  • 26.29% indicated that they had a British national identity, 36.52% had an Irish national identity and 40.70% had a Northern Irish national identity

History and development

Drumaness developed as a mill village in 1850, with the opening of a spinning mill on the banks of the River Cumber. The village lost its employment role in 1968 following the closure of the mill and today it is largely a commuter settlement. It contains a limited range of services and shops. Christ The King Catholic Primary School and the Church of Christ the King are situated on the Drumsnade Road on the opposite side of the Newcastle Road, approximately a quarter or a mile or 0.5 kilometres south west of the village.

Drumaness in the early 1900s showing the Dan Rice Hall
Drumaness in the early 1900s showing the Dan Rice Hall

The centre of the village has a distinctive appearance with listed terraces of mill buildings, alleyways, courtyards and a millpond. The Dan Rice Memorial Hall, now used as a community centre, is a listed building.


Former world champion MMA Fighter Paul McVeigh started his martial arts with Down Community Jujitsu Clubs in Drumaness. Down Community JuJitsu Clubs (DCJJC) were first opened on 6 January 1999, by sensei Gerald McAlister who won the Irish MMA championship in 2000. DCJJC are members of the Cobra Martial Arts Association (CMAA).

Drumaness is in the Parish of Magheradroll. There is evidence of Gaelic football being played in the parish as far back as 1889 when a club was in existence in Glassdrummond, on the Belfast side of Ballynahinch. A club was formed in Ballynahinch in 1935 and continued until it moved to Drumaness in February 1957, where it has remained ever since. The Down All-Ireland-winning footballer Peter Withnell is a native of Drumaness.[3]

Drumaness Mills F.C. are a local football club playing in the NAFL Premier Division of the Northern Amateur Football League.

Drumaness Cricket Club plays in the NCU Senior League.

Drumaness GAA club has recently decided to bring back their Camogie club after closing it down following many years of running.


Drumaness has a Catholic chapel called "Christ the King".

Local Schools and Pre-School Services

Drumaness has one Catholic Primary School called 'Christ The King'.



  1. ^ Placenames NI Archived June 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Drumaness". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  3. ^ Mourne Mauler (The Irish Examiner, 17 Sept. 2010)
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