Tempo, County Fermanagh
|Irish: an tIompú Deiseal|
Tempo shown within Northern Ireland
|Population||533 (2001 Census)|
|Irish grid reference|
|- Belfast||72 miles|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||028, +44 28|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
|UK Parliament||Fermanagh and South Tyrone|
|NI Assembly||Fermanagh and South Tyrone|
Tempo, historically called Tempodeshel (from Irish: an tIompú Deiseal, meaning "the right-hand turn"), is a small village at the foot of Brougher Mountain in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The Census of 2001 recorded a population of 533 people. It lies within the Fermanagh District Council area.
The entrance to Tempo is dominated by the Tempo Parish church sitting high above the road on the approach from Enniskillen.
A stone circle was erected at the entrance of the village by modern residents to highlight the Celtic heritage of the area and make Tempo more distinctive. Beyond the stone circle, lies the village of Tempo and Tempo Maguires Gaelic Athletic Club, currently one of Fermanagh's most successful teams. Some of the larger townlands in the area are Ballyreagh, Glen, Coolcran, Killaculla, Pubble, Tattykeeran and Edenmore.
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On 25 October 1920, during the Irish War of Independence, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) raided the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) barracks in Tempo. It is claimed that some RIC constables helped the IRA in this attack. One RIC constable was killed, and the IRA were forced to abandon the raid when local unionists came to the aid of the RIC. Shortly thereafter, a local republican was shot dead outside his home. Tempo is also the birthplace of Young Irelander Terence MacManus. MacManus was one of the leaders of the 1848 Rebellion.
Places of interest
- Tempo Manor is a Victorian Manor House, built in 1863 and standing in 300 acres (1.2 km2) of beautiful grounds and woodlands.
Tempo 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 533 people living in Tempo. Of these:
- 23.2% were aged under 16 years and 21.5% were aged 60 and over
- 48.2% of the population were male and 51.8% were female
- 69.0% were from a Catholic background and 30.4% were from a Protestant background
- 5.7% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed
For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service
- Placenames Database of Ireland