Coordinates: 54°17′42″N 7°27′54″W / 54.295°N 7.465°W / 54.295; -7.465
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Maguiresbridge from the Lisnaskea Road
Maguiresbridge is located in Northern Ireland
Location within Northern Ireland
Population1,020 (2011 Census)
Irish grid referenceH347383
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBT94
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54°17′42″N 7°27′54″W / 54.295°N 7.465°W / 54.295; -7.465

Maguiresbridge is a small village in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The village is named after the bridge over the Colebrooke River, first built by the local Maguire family about 1760.[2] The village is 8 miles from Enniskillen and 3 miles from Lisnaskea.


Old railway[edit]

At the beginning of the 20th century, Maguiresbridge was served by four railways which stretched throughout Ulster. At that time, Maguiresbridge and Clones were two of the major junctions from Derry, Omagh, and Belfast into north Leinster, in particular, the major market towns of Athlone, Cavan, and Mullingar via the Inney junction. This back-bone rail infrastructure was administered by the Midland Great Western Railway which also linked to other major towns: namely, Sligo, Tullamore, via Clara, cities such as Dublin, Limerick, and other market towns on the south coast.

Maguiresbridge railway station on the Great Northern Railway opened on 1 March 1859 and was shut on 1 October 1957. The station serving as the western terminus of the narrow gauge Clogher Valley Railway opened on 2 May 1887 and was shut on 1 January 1942.[3]

The Troubles[edit]

The most notable incident occurred on 11 February 1986 when off-duty member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary Derek Breen (aged 29) was shot dead by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in the Talk of the Town Bar (now the Coach Inn). During the same incident John McCabe (aged 25), who was working as a barman there, was caught in the gunfire and died on scene.[4]

The Colebrooke River which runs through the village

21st century[edit]

Maguiresbridge grew considerably during the 2010s, with the building of five new housing developments holding 350 houses. New shops were also built during this time.[5][6][failed verification]


On the day of the 2011 census, 27 March 2011, there were 1,020 people living in Maguiresbridge.[7] Of these:

  • 24.80% were aged under 16 years
  • 11.37% were aged 65 or over
  • 52.16% were female and 47.84% were male
  • 49.61% were from a Protestant background
  • 46.47% were from a Catholic background
  • 5.65% of people aged between 16 and 74 were unemployed


Local primary schools include St. Mary's Roman Catholic Primary and Maguiresbridge Controlled Primary.[citation needed]

Maguiresbridge does not have any secondary school, with eligible residents traveling to Lisnaskea and Enniskillen to receive secondary education.[citation needed]


The local Roman Catholic church is Saint Mary's Church, and the local Church of Ireland church is Christchurch.[citation needed] There are also Methodist and Presbyterian churches.[citation needed]


Maguiresbridge is home to both a soccer and Gaelic football club. Saint Mary's GFC is a Gaelic football club with its grounds on the Drumgoon Road, whilst the soccer club plays its games in Lisnaskea.


  1. ^ "Droichead Mhig Uidhir / Maguiresbridge". Placenames Database of Ireland.
  2. ^ "Railway Park - Maguiresbridge". Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Maguiresbridge station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 25 November 2007.
  4. ^ NI Conflict Archive on the Internet[not specific enough to verify]
  5. ^ "Hamilton SPAR Maguiresbridge in Coa". 25 June 2012. Archived from the original on 14 January 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Hamilton's Spar, Enniskillen | Supermarkets". Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Census 2011 Population Statistics for Maguiresbridge Settlement". Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). Retrieved 8 October 2019.