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  • Irish: Dún na Manach
  • Dunnamanagh
Donaghedy Parish Church of St. James, Donemana - - 206609.jpg
Donaghedy Parish Church
Donemana is located in Northern Ireland
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54°52′26″N 7°18′29″W / 54.874°N 7.308°W / 54.874; -7.308Coordinates: 54°52′26″N 7°18′29″W / 54.874°N 7.308°W / 54.874; -7.308

Donemana or Dunnamanagh (named after the townland of Dunnamanagh, from Irish Dún na Manach, meaning 'stronghold of the monks')[1][2] is a small village in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is 7 miles or 11 kilometres north-east of Strabane, on the banks of the Burn Dennett and at the foothills of the Sperrins. It is the largest of the thirteen villages in the Strabane District Council area and had a population of 593 in the 2001 Census.

Other anglicised spellings of its name include Dun[n]amana[gh] and Don[n]amana[gh].


The village was established in the early 17th century as part of the Plantation of Ulster, instigated by James I in 1609. Land in the area was granted to John Drummond who established the village; building a bawn (an enclosed, fortified farmyard, designed as a place of refuge for settlers in case of attack), 10 wicker-work houses, and a watermill for grinding corn.


Donemana railway station was part of the County Donegal Railway and opened on 6 August 1900 but was shut on 1 January 1955.[3]


It has two primary schools, Donemana County Primary School and St. Patrick's Primary School. Local children generally attend secondary school in Strabane or Derry.


Today the village is renowned throughout Ireland for its thriving and highly successful cricket team, which was established in 1888. Donemana under 15s and 14s cricket teams are currently the All-Ireland Champions. The senior team lost out on winning the All-Ireland when North County CC defeated them in the final.

Football is also popular in the area. Clann na nGael is the local GAA club.

Notable people[edit]

Notable people who were born or have lived in Donemana include:


19th century population[edit]

The population of the village increased during the 19th century:[6][7]

Year 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Population 176 193 247 231 243 231
Houses 44 40 50 53 52 58

The village stands in the townlands of Dunnamanagh and Stonyfalls and in 1891 had an estimated area of 11 acres.[7]

21st century population[edit]

Donemana 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). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 593 people living in Donemana. Of these:

  • 27.2% were aged under 16 and 19.8% were aged 60 and over
  • 49.2% of the population were male and 50.8% were female
  • 15.2% were from a Catholic background and 84.8% were from a Protestant background
  • 7.7% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

For more details see: Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service.

Dunnamanagh Townland[edit]

The townland is situated in the historic barony of Strabane Lower and the civil parish of Donaghedy and covers an area of 130 acres.[8]

The population of the townland increased overall during the 19th century:[6][9]

Year 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Population 65 71 66 32 34 72
Houses 13 10 11 7 8 9

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dunnamanagh". Place Names NI. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  3. ^ "Donemana station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 23 September 2007.
  4. ^ "English Pool Association". Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Cuppers Past Champions.docx". Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Census of Ireland 1851". Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Census of Ireland 1891". Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Townlands of County Tyrone". IreAtlas Townland Database. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Census of Ireland 1891". Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland. Retrieved 21 March 2013.

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