|Irish: Seisceann Mhór|
Seskinore shown within Northern Ireland
|Population||157 (2011 Census)|
|Irish grid reference|
|– Belfast||85 km (53 mi)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||028, +44 28|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
|UK Parliament||West Tyrone|
|NI Assembly||West Tyrone|
Seskinore or Seskanore (from Irish: Seisceann Mhór, meaning "big marsh/bog") is a small village and townland in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) northeast of Fintona and 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) southeast of Omagh. The village had a population of 162 in the 2001 Census.
The name Seskinore is derived from the Irish Seisceann Mhór, which means "big marsh/bog", and the area to the north on the way to Omagh is characterised by lowland raised bog. Pike's Province of Ulster (1909) described the area thus: "The country is undulating with bogs in parts which make hunting difficult".
Seskinore Forest, 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the village, is a mixed broadleaf and coniferous woodland which dates from at least 1833.
Following the marriage of Mary Perry to Alexander McClintock in 1781, the village became the family seat of the McClintock family, who had settled in Ulster in 1597 from Argyll, Scotland. The McClintock family were enthusiastic huntsmen and in 1860 they established the "Tyrone Hunt", which was renamed the "Seskinore Hunt" in 1886.
The village has one primary school, McClintock Primary School, which is at the south end of the Main Street on land donated by Lt. Col. John Knox McClintock. Building of the school began in 1900 and it opened in 1902. It was originally known as Seskinore No.2 National School as there was also at one time a Chapel School.
Even though it is a small village, Seskinore has three churches:
- Seskinore Parish Church (Church of Ireland) also known as the Chapel of Ease
- Seskinore Presbyterian Church
- St. Malachy's Church (Roman Catholic)
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