Maguiresbridge

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Coordinates: 54°17′42″N 7°27′54″W / 54.295°N 7.465°W / 54.295; -7.465

Maguiresbridge
Irish: Droichead Mhig Uidhir[1]
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Maguiresbridge from the Lisnaskea Road
Maguiresbridge is located in Northern Ireland
Maguiresbridge
Maguiresbridge
 Maguiresbridge shown within Northern Ireland
Population 774 (2001 Census)
Irish grid reference H347383
District Fermanagh
County County Fermanagh
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT94
Dialling code 028, +44 28
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament Fermanagh and South Tyrone
NI Assembly Fermanagh and South Tyrone
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Maguiresbridge is a small village in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The village is named after the bridge over the Colebrooke River, first built by the local Maguire family about 1760.[2] The village is 8 miles from Enniskillen and 3 miles from Lisnaskea.

Demographics[edit]

Maguiresbridge is classified as a small village or hamlet by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 500 and 1,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 774 people living in Maguiresbridge.

Of these:

  • 25.5% were aged under 16 years and 15.6% were aged 60 and over
  • 50.4% of the population were male and 49.6% were female
  • 40.4% were from a Catholic background and 57.6% were from a Protestant background
  • 6.9% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

History[edit]

Old railway[edit]

At the beginning of the 20th century, Maguiresbridge was served by four railways which stretched throughout Ulster. At that time, Maguiresbridge and Clones were two of the major junctions from Derry, Omagh, and Belfast into north Leinster, in particular, the major market towns of Athlone, Cavan, and Mullingar via the Inney junction. This back-bone rail infrastructure was administered by the Midland Great Western Railway which also linked to other major towns: namely, Sligo, Tullamore, via Clara, other destinations such as Dublin, Limerick, and other market towns of the south coast.

Maguiresbridge railway station on the Great Northern Railway opened on 1 March 1859 and was shut on 1 October 1957. The station serving as the western terminus of the narrow gauge Clogher Valley Railway opened on 2 May 1887 and was shut on 1 January 1942.[3]

The Troubles[edit]

The most notable incident occurred on 11 February 1986 when off duty member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary Derek Breen (aged 29) was shot dead by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in the Talk of the Town Bar (now the Coach Inn). During the same incident John McCabe (aged 25) who was working as a barman in the Talk of The Town bar was caught up in the gun fire died on scene.[4]

The Colebrooke River which runs through the village

21st century[edit]

Maguiresbridge grew considerably during the 2010s, with the building of five new housing developments inholding 350 houses. The population is now estimated to be between 1000 and 1200 as opposed to the 770 total in the 2001 Census. New shops were also built during this time.[5][6]

Education[edit]

Primary Education

  • St. Mary's Roman Catholic Primary
  • Maguiresbridge Controlled Primary

Maguiresbridge does not cater for secondary education. Eligible residents would travel to Lisnaskea and Enniskillen to receive secondary education.

Churches[edit]

  • Roman Catholic (Saint Mary's Church)
  • Church of Ireland (Christchurch)
  • Methodist Church
  • Presbyterian Church in Ireland

Sport[edit]

Maguiresbridge is home to both a soccer and Gaelic football club. Saint Mary's GFC is a Gaelic football club with its grounds on the Drumgoon Road, whilst the soccer club play's its games in Lisnaskea.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ "Railway Park - Maguiresbridge". Patclarkesales.com. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Maguiresbridge station". Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Hamilton SPAR Maguiresbridge in Coa". Shopping-time.co.uk. 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  6. ^ "Hamilton's Spar, Enniskillen | Supermarkets". Yell. Retrieved 2013-04-22.