Kilteely and Dromkeen is a parish in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly. It is located in east County Limerick in the province of Munster, Ireland, near the border of County Tipperary. The village of Kilteely or in Irish Cill Tíle (The Church of Tidel) stands below the Hill of Kilteely, about 14 miles south-east of Limerick City.
The village of Dromkeen or in Irish Drom Caoin (The Smooth Ridge) is little more than a crossroads on the N24 Limerick- Waterford Road, halfway between Limerick City and Tipperary Town.
Kilteely-Dromkeen-Cloverfield graveyard has 388 memorials, all of which have been digitally surveyed and are viewable if you follow this link: Kilteely-Dromkeen-Cloverfield Historic Graves click here | Cloverfield-Kilteely-Dromkeem (Ballinlough) Historic Graves, click here | Cloverfield-Kilteely-Dromkeen (Dromkeen) Historic Graves, click here
Dromkeen is famous for the Dromkeen Ambush, an attack on Black and Tan police forces during the Irish War of Independence in 1921. The attach was carried out near the old Church of Ireland church in a joint operation between the East Limerick and West Limerick Brigades of the IRA. A Flying Column force of about 40 ambushed two lorrys carrying between them 13 Black and Tan police officers. Two of the these managed to escape, however the other 11 were killed. It was one of the larger operations carried out by the IRA during the War of Independence, the IRA had been expecting a larger police force.
In modern times, Dromkeen was well-known for its ballroom of romance, The Oyster Ballroom, owned by the Hayes family which in the 1950’s and 60’s attracted large crowds, sometimes up to 2,000 dancers from counties Limerick and Tipperary for the weekly Sunday night dance where the leading showbands of the day played on a regular basis.
There is a strong G.A.A. following in the area. Teams from Kilteely-Dromkeen GAA Club compete in the East Limerick Division at Junior and under-age competitions in Hurling and Gaelic football. Kilteely AFC Soccer club was founded in 1983 and plays its football in the Limerick city and county leagues.
Willie ODea (born November 27, 1952) Fianna Fáil T.D. for Limerick East and Minister for Defence.
John Francis Dillon (born July 24, 1930, died August 18, 1952) Killed in the Korean War.
William Lundon (born 1839, died March 24, 1909) Irish Parliamentary Party M.P. for East Limerick.