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Dromore (Droim Mor) “The Great Ridge”

Dromore, in the Parish and Barony of Omagh, was in 1838 described as a poor village in hilly and bleak country which stretched far around, yet the arable lands were the most part good. The population of the village was 480 in 1831, in 1841 it numbered 551 and 2008 is estimated to be 1,258.

The Town was originally built in 1757 when the then Lord of the manor, William Hamilton, of Aughlish House  gave a grant of the townland of Mullinacross, now called Dromore, to two families – Stewart and Humphreys. The Town at that time consisted of only four houses. The original name of the townland is derived from an ancient stone cross which formerly stood on the top of the hill overlooking the town, and near to where the Cistercian Abbey was located. The abbey which was destroyed by a fire in 1960 is said to have been built on the site of a nunnery founded by St. Patrick for St. Cettumbria , the first Irish female who received the veil from his hands. In the town, still to be seen, are the ivy-clad remain of a Protestant church built in 1694.