Dromid (Maistir Gaoithe), Cultural Tourism
There are a wealth of activites available to those who come to visit us in Iveragh, South Kerry.
As one enters An Dromod from any angle, you are initially struck by the stark beauty of the area and it’s surroundings. One can enter it various points but one of the ways you may choose could be via Bealach Oisín as you travel on the N70 road from Killorglin just off the main ‘Ring of Kerry’ road through Glencar. This is a beautiful mountain pass and is an example of the stunning but at times almost wild and rugged terrain that one will pass through. Dromid is seperated into two valleys, the Inny Valley and in Gaelic, Gleann na hAoine and the Cumeragh Valley in Gaelic, Gleann an Cúmerigh, they are named so in relation to the two rivers that flow through it. Dromid is a rural community that largely depends on farming particularly sheep farming as it’s local industry which is true of much of ‘The Ring of Kerry’ region due to the amount of sprawling hills that surround the area.
It is this that makes Dromid a walkers paradise, with some of the finest views in Ireland to gaze upon. With this Dromid boasts some of the finest world reknowned fishing lakes including Loch na Mona, Loch Derrianna and Cloonloughlin Lake. People have travelled from far and wide to catch some of the fine fresh fish that is there. Cúm Beatha is also the spot in which the Inny river rises, again one of the most famous salmon and trout fishing rivers in Munster.
Dromid is an example of a small community with great spirit behind it, this is evident in the local community project that lies in the quiet sleepy village of Killeenleigh, it boasts a community centre, a hostel and three enterprise units as well as Day Care Centre for the elderly with five houses which essentially comprise a senior citizens village. Beside this is the local pub, ‘The Inny Tavern ‘ of course as well as ‘The Church of Our Lady of the Valley’ and Gaeltacht National School.
One of the things that makes the area unique, is that it is a Gaeltacht speaking region and therefore is steeped in culture and tradition. Sunday nights set dancing are a must in the Inny Tavern, to get a flavour of the traditional dancing of the South Kerry Set amongst others. There you can enjoy a pint of Guiness or indeed whatever else you please and discuss the strong tradition of South Kerry Gaelic football with the locals.