Clady, County Tyrone

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Clady, County Tyrone. Road leading to Strabane.

Clady (Irish: Claidigh (Muddy margin of a stream or river)[1]) is a small village and townland in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, about 4 miles from Strabane, on the River Finn and the border with County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 423 people. In 1842 the population was 176. It lies within the Strabane District Council area.

The village has been pivotal in more recent times in giving profile to the district by acquiring fame in the All Ireland Top of the Town's variety entertainment competition.

History[edit]

According to Lewis in 1842, close to the village is a handsome bridge of seven arches over the River Finn, connecting Clady with the County Donegal. Before the erection of this bridge, there was an important ford here, which was contested with great slaughter by the partisans of William and James, in 1688; and at the time of the Siege of Derry it was a strong post under Colonel Skeffington, who was driven from it by the Duke of Berwick, a short time before King James II crossed the Finn at this place.

The village is among one of the oldest in the district and was at one time an important bridging point across the Finn when access further down river across the great expanse of the River Foyle was largely dependent on ferry travel. Clady was also an important ecclesiastical centre, being the location for the first Roman Catholic seminary to be established in the Diocese of Derry.

The Troubles[edit]

For more information see The Troubles in Clady (Tyrone), which includes a list of incidents in Clady during the Troubles resulting in two or more fatalities.

Demographics[edit]

19th century population[edit]

The population of the village decreased during the 19th century:[2][3]

Year 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Population 219 155 170 119 121 109
Houses 44 35 33 33 28 31

Sport[edit]

Clady Townland[edit]

The townland is situated in the historic barony of Strabane Lower and the civil parish of Urney and covers an area of 173 acres.[4]

The population of the townland increased overall during the 19th century:[5][6]

Year 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Population 50 12 61 49 38 62
Houses 10 2 13 9 12 13

In 1891, the town of Clady, which stands in the townlands of Clady and Donnygowen, had an estimated area of 10 acres.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clady". Place Names NI. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Census of Ireland 1851". Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Census of Ireland 1891". Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Townlands of County Tyrone". IreAtlas Townland Database. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Census of Ireland 1851". Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Census of Ireland 1891". Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Census of Ireland 1891". Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

Coordinates: 54°47′39″N 7°32′24″W / 54.79417°N 7.54000°W / 54.79417; -7.54000