- c. 807
Were we dependent on the pre-Norman Irish annals alone, we should know nothing of the early history of the church of Drumlease, near Dromahair, Co. Leitrim. Like many of the other churches of Connacht, Drumlease suffers from the comparative neglect of the western province's early ecclesiastical history on the part of the surviving collections of annals. The ‘Patrician’ texts in the Book of Armagh, however, provide a snap-shot of Drumlease in the later seventh and eighth century, indicating that it was a church of considerable significance in north Connacht at that time. This study comprises two parts. The first, by Colmán Etchingham, introduces the references to Drumlease in the Book of Armagh and examines in detail the relevant passages of the eighth-century text known as the Additamenta. The second part, by Catherine Swift, places Tírechán's reference to Drumlease in the broader context of that seventh-century clergyman's portrayal of the Patrician churches of Connacht in general.