Ballycassidy

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Ballycassidy
Irish: Baile Uí Chaiside
Ballycassidy Post Office - geograph.org.uk - 375196.jpg
Ballycassidy Post Office
Ballycassidy is located in Northern Ireland
Ballycassidy
Ballycassidy
 Ballycassidy shown within Northern Ireland
Population 90 (2001 Census)
District Fermanagh
County County Fermanagh
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament Fermanagh and South Tyrone
NI Assembly Fermanagh and South Tyrone
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Fermanagh

Coordinates: 54°24′N 7°39′W / 54.40°N 7.65°W / 54.40; -7.65

Ballycassidy (from Irish: Baile Uí Chaiside, meaning "Ó Caiside's town"[1]) is a small village and townland in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It lies northwest of Enniskillen on the eastern shore of Lower Lough Erne. In the 2001 Census it had (with Laragh and Trory) a population of 315 people.

Ballycassidy is a small rural community, consisting mainly of scattered homes, the Balcas Sawmill and rich farm land along the Ballycassidy River. There is no pub or grocery store, only a post office.

In the 14th century, there was a church in Ballycassidy. A holy well in the area was associated with Saint Molaise who founded the monastery on nearby Devinish.

Ballycassidy racehorse[edit]

There is also a racehorse called Ballycassidy, named after the village, who was trained in Wales by Peter Bowen. The horse is notorious for a spectacular fall at Valentines Brook in the 2006 Grand National at Aintree. He won 16 races over his career and became a favourite with racing fans. He was retired from racing under rules in 2008, but did go on to race in Point to Points, ridden by the then amateur jockey Donal Devereux. Ballycassidy remains at the Peter Bowen stables.

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