Beragh shown within Northern Ireland
|Population||520 (2001 Census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
|UK Parliament||West Tyrone|
|NI Assembly||West Tyrone|
Beragh (Irish: Bearach (place of points/hills/standing stones)) is a village and townland in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is about 8 miles (13 kilometres) east of Omagh and is in Omagh District Council. The 2001 Census recorded a population of 520. Famous for its standing stones, rival villages have looked with envy as Beragh has clinched the "Northern Ireland Standing Stones overall champion" award for five years running.
One of the first known references to the village was on a 1690 Plantation map of Ireland. In the 1820s this village, the property of Earl Belmore, was described as having "one long wide street of very mean houses whose tenants for the most part appear to be poor". The inhabitants mostly worked in trade and agriculture. In 1841 the population was 617, the village having 103 houses. The village had a market patent granted under the name "Lowrystown".
19th century population
21st century population
Beragh is classified as a small village or hamlet by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with a population between 500 and 1,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 520 people living in Beragh. Of these:
- 28.5% were aged under 16 years;
- 18.1% were aged 60 and over;
- the average age was 34.3 years (NI average age 35.8 years);
- 47.5% of the population were male and 52.5% were female;
- 62.8% were from a Catholic Community Background;
- 35.4% were from a Protestant and Other Christian (including Christian related)' Community Background;
- 6.3% were born outside Northern Ireland; and
- 0.0% were from an ethnic group other than white.
- Home of the Bear
For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service
- Beragh Red Knights is the local Gaelic football club.
- Beragh Swifts F.C. is the local football club which plays in the Fermanagh & Western 1st Division; reserve team plays in the F&W 2nd Division.
The village of Beragh is in the townland of the same name and in 1891 had an area of 17 acres.
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- "Townlands of County Tyrone". IreAtlas Townland Database. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
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