Drumshambo takes its name from the Gaelic: Drum-Sean-Bhoth meaning ‘the Ridge of the Old Huts’
It is a pleasant little town situated on the southern end of Lough Allen and nestling beneath the Sliabh an Iarainn Mountain.
The town’s fascinating history began with the middle age iron smelting industry. When the industry collapsed, coal was used for smelting and Drumshambo Pig Iron became famous far and wide. Furnace Hill at the fringe of the town remains a testimony to this bygone age. A Heritage Centre in the Market House reflects the areas special links with narrow Gauge Steam Trains, Coal-Mining and also features local folklore.
Drumshanbo is part of the ancestral home of the MacManus’s and forms a stage of the Beara-Breifne Way which is based on the historic march of O’Sullivan Beara in 1603.