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Cnoc Ninnidh[1] (Irish)
Minor road up Knockninny Hill - - 382857
Minor road up Knockninny Hill - - 382857
Location of Knockninny, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
Location of Knockninny, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
CountryNorthern Ireland

Knockninny (from Irish Cnoc Ninnidh, meaning 'St. Ninnidh's hill') is a barony in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.[2] To its east lies Upper Lough Erne, and it is bordered by four other baronies in Northern Ireland: Clanawley to the north-west; Tirkennedy to the north; Magherastephana to the north-east; and Coole to the east.[2] It also borders two baronies in the Republic of Ireland: Loughtee Lower to the south; and Tullyhaw to the south-west.


Knockninny is believed to takes its name from St. Ninnidh, a 6th-century saint. St. Ninnid is listed as one of the "twelve apostles of Ireland", and bore the epithet of Saobhruisc meaning "squinting", given rise to the names; "the squinting saint" or "one-eyed saint".[3] The hill of St. Ninnid lies on the southern shore of Upper Lough Erne.[4]

Before 1450 there is no mention of this barony's name, however the land is noted as being an early Maguire stronghold, with a MacManus (Irish: Mac Maghnuis) sept of Clan Maguire centered here.[3][4]

List of main settlements[edit]

List of civil parishes[edit]

Civil parishes within the barony of Knockninny, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Below is a list of civil parishes in Knockninny:[5]

  • Gallon (split with baronies of Clankelly and Coole)
  • Kinawley (also partly in barony of Clanawley, County Fermanagh and Tullyhaw, County Cavan)
  • Tomregan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Knockninny". Placenames Database of Ireland. Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b PRONI Baronies of Northern Ireland
  3. ^ a b The Letters of John O'Donovan Archived 2010-07-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b The Baronies of Ireland - Family History
  5. ^ PRONI CIvil Parishes of County Fermanagh