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[Ir. druim chliabh, ridge of the baskets (?)].

Small fishing village 4 miles NE of Sligo in Co. Sligo on the Drumcliff River at the foot of Ben Bulben, near the mouth of the Glencar valley. St Colum Cille founded a monastery here in 575, of which no trace survives. Of later date are the lower part of a high tower and a fine high cross with scenes from the Scriptures as well as the shaft of an older cross. Poet-playwright W. B. Yeats is buried here, a site of his own choosing.

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