Centred on a main crossroads, the village overlooks the Blackwater Valley. The village is part of the parish of Kilshannig.
Thomas Russell is referred to as “The man from God knows where” and, as it happens, he was born in the village on 21 November, 1767. He was a founding member of the United Irishmen and was hanged in 1803 in Downpatrick gaol for his involvement in uprisings against the British.
An old graveyard (Kilshannig) is located north of the village and this is where Daniel O’Connell's maternal ancestors are buried. Also, the parents of Thomas Croke, after whom Croke Park is named, are buried here.
There are also ringforts in the area and Dromahane is close to Dromineen Castle.