County Fermanagh, Ireland

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County Fermanagh

Fermanagh Coat of arms
  • Motto - Feor Magh Eanagh
  • Country - United Kingdom
  • Region - Northern Ireland
  • Province - Ulster
  • County town - Enniskillen
  • Area Total - The county covers an area of 715 sq miles (1,851 km2)
  • Area rank - 25th
  • Population - approximately 61,170 Fermanagh is one of four counties of Northern Ireland presently to have a majority of the population from a Catholic background, according to the 2001 census.
  • Rank - 28th
  • Irish name - Contae Fhear Manach

The County of Fermanagh

Parishes County Fermanagh

Parishes of County Fermanagh


1 Aghalurcher 2 Aghavea 3 Belleek
4 Boho 5 Clones 6 Cleenish
7 Derrybrusk 8 Derryvullan 9 Devenish
10 Drumkeeran 11 Drummully 12 Enniskillen
13 Galloon 14 Inishmacsaint 15 Killesher
16 Kinawley 17 Magheracross 18 Magheraculmoney
19 Rossorry 20 Templecarn 21 Tomregan
22 Trory

Enniskillen - County Town

Enniskillen Castle


Fermanagh borders County Tyrone to the north-east, County Monaghan to the south-east, County Cavan to the south-west, County Leitrim to the west and County Donegal to the north-west. The county town, Enniskillen, is the largest settlement in Fermanagh, situated in the middle of the county.

It is mainly rural and is situated largely in the basin of the River Erne. It is dominated by two connected lakes: Upper and Lower Lough Erne, and including water spans an area of 1,851 kmĀ² (715 sq; mi).[5] It is approximately 120 km (75 mi) from Belfast and 160 km (99 mi) from Dublin.


Fermanagh was a stronghold of the Maguire clan and Donn Carrach Maguire (died 1302) was the first of the chiefs of the Maguire dynasty. However on the confiscation of lands relating to Hugh Maguire, Fermanagh was divided in similar manner to the other five escheated counties among Scottish and English undertakers and native Irish. The baronies of Knockinny and Maghenaboy were allotted to Scottish undertakers, those of Clankelly, Magherastephana and Lurg to English undertakers and those of Clanawley, Coole, and Tyrkennedy, to servitors and natives. The chief families to benefit under the new settlement were the families of Cole, Blennerhasset, Butler, Hume, and Dunbar.

Fermanagh was made into a county by statute of Elizabeth I, but it was not until the time of the Plantation of Ulster that it was finally brought under civil government.

Agriculture and tourism are two of the most important industries in Fermanagh. The main types of farming in the area are beef, dairy, sheep, pigs and some poultry. Most of the agricultural land is used as grassland for grazing and silage or hay rather than for other crops.

The waterways are extensively used by cabin cruisers, other small pleasure craft and anglers. The main town of Fermanagh is Enniskillen (Inis Ceithleann, 'Ceithleann's island'). The island town hosts a range of attractions including the Castle Coole Estate and Enniskillen Castle, which is home to the museum of The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.

Genealogy Resources for County Fermanagh

WikiTree resource
  • Visitation(s) of England and Wales County Index entries for persons whose pedigree first entry, or family seat, in the Visitation(s) is in County Fermanagh, or who appears listed in a pedigree, addendum or correction to the Visitation(s) as born in County Fermanagh.


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