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Coordinates: 54°46′05″N 7°15′04″W / 54.768°N 7.251°W / 54.768; -7.251

Bridge over the Glenelly River

Plumbridge (from Scots plum, meaning "a deep pool in a river or stream", and English "bridge";[1] Irish: Dhroichead an Phlum;[2] modern Ulster-Scots: Plumbrig[3]) is a small village in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is a crossroads village, standing on the banks of the Glenelly River. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 267 people. It lies within the Strabane District Council area.[4]

Most of the village is on the northern bank of the Glenelly River, within the townland of Glencoppagh.[5] However, some of it lies on the southern bank, within the townland of Lisnacreaght.[6]


The Roman Catholic church is Sacred Heart Church, a Grade B2 listed building,[7] and the Presbyterian church is Glenelly Presbyterian Church, Plumbridge. The village's nearest Church of Ireland church is Upper Badoney Parish Church, a few miles up the Glenelly valley. The site of Upper Badoney is associated with Christianity since the days of St Patrick.[citation needed]


The local Gaelic Athletic Association club, Glenelly St. Joseph's, was established in 1981. There are ladies teams and men's teams. It is commonly referred to as Glenelly.[8] In 2015 Glenelly Ladies senior football team won the Tyrone and Ulster Intermediate Championships. The village had applied for membership of the National Ski Club Ireland in 2012 but had faced opposition from critics who argue "there is no snow".


Among the notable people that have come from Plumbridge are James MacCullagh 1809--1847, mathematician at Trinity College Dublin, his brother John MacCullagh, lawyer of Trinity College Dublin, American frontiersman Robert Campbell,[citation needed], Minnesota legislator Robert Campbell Dunn,[9] and Peter McCullagh, a statistician at the University of Chicago. In 2012 the Royal Black Institution held its annual Black Saturday parade, celebrating the abolishment of slavery in Plumbridge for the first time since 1958.[10]

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  1. ^ "Plumbridge, County Tyrone". Place Names NI. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Droichead an Phlum/Plumbridge". Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Ulstèr Merikay Fowk Pairk – Youngstèrs Wisin". National Museums Northern Ireland. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Plumbridge". NI Neighbourhood Information System, Gazeteer of Settlements. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Placenames NI: Glencoppogagh
  6. ^ Placenames NI: Lisnacreaght
  7. ^ "Sacred Heart Church, Plumbridge". Department of the Environment NI Buildings Database. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "About us". Glenelly St. Joseph's GAC. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
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  10. ^ "On march for Last Saturday" The Newsletter 24 August 2012 Retrieved 16 September 2012