Lisnaskea

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Coordinates: 54°15′00″N 7°26′31″W / 54.25°N 7.442°W / 54.25; -7.442

Lisnaskea
Irish: Lios na Scéithe
Main Street, Lisnaskea - geograph.org.uk - 1270375.jpg
Lisnaskea is located in Northern Ireland
Lisnaskea
 Lisnaskea shown within Northern Ireland
Population 2,739 (2001 Census)
Irish grid reference H3634
District Fermanagh
County County Fermanagh
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ENNISKILLEN
Postcode district BT92
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

Lisnaskea (from Irish: Lios na Scéithe, meaning "ringfort of the shield")[1] is the second-biggest settlement in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It had a population of 2,739 people in the 2001 Census. The town is built around the long main street, which bends at almost 90 degrees along its course.

History[edit]

Lisnaskea was once the seat of the Maguire Clan. This strategic importance led to the town changing hands many times over the years. Sir Michael Balfour took control of the town during the Plantation of Ulster. In 1618, he oversaw the building of Castle Balfour, just off the village's main street. The castle was inhabited until the early 19th century and is now undergoing restoration.[2] In 1821 the village came under the control of the Earls of Erne. They established the market in the town whilst bolstering and controlling development around the high street.[3]

The Troubles[edit]

Sport[edit]

Throughout the history of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in Fermanagh, Lisnaskea has consistently been a major force in Gaelic football, ladies football and hurling. The local GAA team is known as Lisnaskea Emmetts and have won a range of honours in the sport including the All Ireland intermediate championship in 2011.[citation needed] and the All Ireland ladies final in 2011Template:20th February [4] They wear red and green. Lisnaskea Emmetts over the years have had clubmen involved in the Fermanagh GAA and Ulster Railway Cup team.

Climate[edit]

As with the rest of the British Isles, Lisnaskea experiences a maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters.

Climate data for Lisnaskea 63m asl, 1981-2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.8
(46)
8.4
(47.1)
10.2
(50.4)
12.9
(55.2)
15.9
(60.6)
18.1
(64.6)
19.6
(67.3)
19.1
(66.4)
17.0
(62.6)
13.5
(56.3)
10.1
(50.2)
8.1
(46.6)
13.4
(56.1)
Average low °C (°F) 1.6
(34.9)
1.4
(34.5)
2.8
(37)
3.8
(38.8)
6.2
(43.2)
9.3
(48.7)
11.4
(52.5)
11.0
(51.8)
8.9
(48)
6.2
(43.2)
3.4
(38.1)
1.6
(34.9)
5.7
(42.3)
Precipitation mm (inches) 102.8
(4.047)
77.2
(3.039)
87.0
(3.425)
64.2
(2.528)
67.6
(2.661)
66.9
(2.634)
73.1
(2.878)
96.2
(3.787)
77.8
(3.063)
112.5
(4.429)
98.8
(3.89)
104.4
(4.11)
1,028.5
(40.492)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 44.2 65.1 96.3 135.4 165.1 138.3 124.4 119.7 103.5 80.1 49.9 32.3 1,154.1
Source: Met Office[5]

Education[edit]

Castle Balfour, Lisnaskea
Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Lisnaskea

Primary level[edit]

  • St Eugene's Knocks Primary School
  • The Moat Primary School
  • St. Ronan's Primary School
  • Bunscoil an Traonaigh

Secondary level[edit]

Libraries[edit]

  • Lisnaskea Library

2001 Census[edit]

Lisnaskea is classified as an intermediate settlement by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 2,250 and 4,500 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 2,739 people living in Lisnaskea. Of these:

  • 23.5% were aged under 16 years and 18.9% were aged 60 and over
  • 46.8% of the population were male and 53.2% were female
  • 74.1% were from a Catholic background and 24.5% were from a Protestant background
  • 7.0% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

Transport[edit]

Lisnaskea railway station opened on 26 August 1858 and was shut on 1 October 1957.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Enniskillen.com enniskillen.com
  3. ^ Culture Northern Ireland culturenorthernireland.org
  4. ^ Lisnaskea Emmetts Crowned All-Ireland Intermediate Club Champions 2011
  5. ^ . Met Office http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/climate/lisnaskea#?tab=climateTables. Retrieved 15 April 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Lisnaskea station". Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 

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