Info - Dromineer is a popular village with anglers and sailing enthusiasts alike, and there’s always a good cross section of water sports enthusiasts here in the Summer months. It was always an important river port, and the castle quay was built in the early nineteenth century. Dromineer is also home to Lough Derg Yacht Club, one of the oldest yacht clubs in the world. This village is a very popular spot for tourist, and the quay is well equipped with developed piers and a children’s playground.
History - There is a traditional story in the village that some of the monks from Iniscealtra came here in the twelfth century to found a settlement, but that it never developed and the only evidence of this is a small ruined Romanesque church in the old graveyard. The history of the castle is somewhat uncertain, but it was probably built sometime in the sixteenth century by the Cantwell family, who were tenants of the earls of Ormond. The castle was taken in the mid seventeenth century by Cromwellian forces and subsequently returned to the Duke of Ormond.Our bit - Dromineer is the first real stopping point on Lough Derg after Terryglass. There are two harbours, Williamstown and Dromaan on the west side of the Lough but neither of these appears to have any local services.
The large harbour is dominated by an impressive ruined castle. Despite the harbour's size we had trouble finding a mooring on the first visit.
The Whiskey Still
The Whiskey Still is a modern pub overlooking the Harbour on a small hillock that is on the
main road leading out of the village. We had attempted to stop at Dromineer on the Sunday
but despite the large harbour we could not find a mooring. We did however return on our
way back and discovered that the harbour was packed due to the Mid Summer Dance being held
over the previous weekend at the Hotel.|
Although the pub is fairly modern the atmosphere and bar staff were extremely friendly, with the barman giving us the information about the previous weekend. It seems we missed a good night if we could have only found a mooring. The pub does food and the snacks we had at lunch time where up to the standards of nearly all Irish pubs we have visited. They do however do more substantial meals if you require them. The bar is divided into drinking, and eating areas (indicated by the seating provided) as well as a large deck area over looking the harbour which would be nice on a good day.
Other Pubs / Restaurants in DromineerI have not yet visited these pubs / restaurants, and therefore if there are any comments they have been taken from the web, and are not by me.
Dromineer Bay Hotel
The Dromineer Bay Hotel which is meant to serve a very good Sunday lunch, unfortunately I'm unable to comment as we did not visit the hotel. However the restaurant has its own web page.
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Last Updated 9th August 2001 - Neils Travel Web - Ireland - Dromineer - Pubs