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Drumnakilly (Irish: Droim na Coille (Ridge of the wood).[1]) is a small village and townland between Carrickmore and Omagh in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 114 people. The townland is situated in the historic barony of Strabane Upper and the civil parish of Termonmaguirk and covers an area of 1,352 acres.[2] It lies within the Omagh District Council area.


The Troubles[edit]

On 30 August 1988, 29-year-old Gerard Harte, 21-year-old Martin Harte, and 26-year-old Brian Mullin, all Catholic members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), were shot and killed by undercover British Army members, while approaching an abandoned lorry at Drumnakilly, near Carrickmore. The three IRA members were attempting to kill an off duty Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldier. However details of their plot had been uncovered by the security forces. At least one AK47 weapon was fired by one of them before their death. Their deaths were commemorated in the song Ambush At Drumnakilly.[3]


The population of the townland declined during the 19th century:[4][5]

Year 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Population 541 415 370 368 381 301
Houses 91 66 62 62 70 61

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Drumnakilly". Place Names NI. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Townlands of County Tyrone". IreAtlas Townland Database. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  3. ^ http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/sutton/chron/
  4. ^ "Census of Ireland 1851". Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Census of Ireland 1891". Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 

Coordinates: 54°36′14″N 7°10′08″W / 54.60389°N 7.16889°W / 54.60389; -7.16889