Dromana is located 6 km south of Cappoquin on eastern side of River Blackwater.

Site Description

Dromana - Drom-Ana - "Anna's Ridge";  Anna was a lady of Tuatha De Dannans who became queen of the Sluadh or Fairy Hosts of Munster. The wood formed part of the old Villiers Stuart estate.  The famous Catherine, Countess of Desmond, who is reputed to have lived to the great age of 140 years was born and lived at Dromana House and is said to have died as a result of a fall from a cherry tree.  Dromana House is just a few hundred metres from the picnic site.  The Stuart family now occupy the property.  One of Daniel O'Connell's monstrous meetings was held on Dromana Hill.

The wood lies adjacent to the River Blackwater in a picturesque valley.  The public road runs through the woodland and forms part of the Dromana Drive to the Town of Cappoquin.  Beautiful views of the River Blackwater can be seen from this Drive.

There is a large car park and picnic area just off the public road in the wood where one can relax and rest surrounded by majestic beech and oak trees.  Easy and moderate walks can be enjoyed  A short distance from the wood you will travel through Dromana Gate Lodge, erected in 1851 by Henry Villiers Stuart to the design of Martin Day.  The structure was probably inspired by the Brighton Pavilion in England.  It is the only example of this type of architecture in Ireland.

The main tree species to be seen on the site are Sitka spruce, Norway spruce, Japanese larch, Douglas fir, Grand fir, oak, beech, ash, sycamore, alder and birch. Other flora include Hazel, holly, bramble, woodrush, foxglove, bilberry and many more wild species of plants. The main fauna to be seen are fox, rabbit, hare, stoat, otter, badger, fallow deer and many species of bird life.

Dromana Features

Car Parking, Picnic Site,

How do I get there?

From Cappoquin take the N72 (Dungarvan Road).  Pass GAA grounds and take first right.  Wood is located 6 km further on this road.  This road is known locally as the Dromana Drive towards Villierstown village.

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No of car spaces:25
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Contact Info

Contact name:John O' Halloran
Contact email:John.ohalloran@coillte.ie