This village located 3km north west of Dunleer takes its name from the Druim Fionn or "Finns Ridge" upon which it was built. The ridge marks the boundary between north and south Louth and from which the surrounding countryside can be viewed. Once the site of a Columban monastery founded by Saint Finnian of Moville, tradition has it that it was here that Columcille copied the manuscript of the Four Gospels without Finnians consent and which gave rise to a dispute as to the ownership of the copy, on which the High King adjudicated that "as the calf belongs to the cow, the copy belongs to the book copied". Columcilles refusal to accept this adjudication subsequently led him into exile in Iona in Scotland in 563.


 © IrishAbroad.com 2009