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Drum Heritage Centre

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Taduff East, Drum, Athlone, Westmeath,
E: drumheritagegroup@gmail.com

Drum Heritage Centre welcomes visitors to the monastic settlement and St. Brigid's Holy Well. The centre hosts one of the largest collections of historic documents and memorabilia in the midlands.

The Drum Heritage Centre is a 1,000 sq. ft visitor centre and history museum containing one of the largest collections in the midlands of historic documents and memorabilia relating to Drum and its hinterland.

Among numerous other exhibits on display is a large-scale map of Drum showing all of the once much-used mass paths leading to Drum, together with a panel containing folklore recordings collected from people who used the mass paths in their lifetime. The outer margins of the map contain a selection of photographs of stone stiles and other field monuments encountered by the members during their survey.

There are also several transcripts of Sean O’Neachtain's Gaelic prose and poetry and some of the literary works of Tadgh O Neachtain, his son. Poignantly, there are copies of emigrants’ letters, taken from the Boston Pilot Newspaper publications 1831-1850, which disclose some sad revelations about men and women from Drum during the Great Famine.