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Droim Soirn – ‘furnace ridge’

Fifty years ago Drumsurn was a thriving and self-sufficient community.

Flax mills, corn mills, lime works and quarries provided plenty of employment. Goods were exported via the railway, which also provided passenger services.

The village consisted of two streets, the Far Row and the Lower Row, and included a tailor, blacksmith, shoemakers, post office and several shops.

The main centre of activity was O’Connor’s Supply House.
The O’Connors ran a general merchant’s store, grocery, pub, undertakers and even a hotel during the building of the railway. Every year a dance was held in the store loft to celebrate pulling the flax.

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