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Seskinore is located in Northern Ireland
Location within Northern Ireland
Population157 (2011 Census)
Irish grid referenceH483635
• Belfast85 km (53 mi)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOMAGH
Postcode districtBT78
Dialling code028, +44 28
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
Northern Ireland
54°31′03″N 7°15′15″W / 54.51754°N 7.25407°W / 54.51754; -7.25407Coordinates: 54°31′03″N 7°15′15″W / 54.51754°N 7.25407°W / 54.51754; -7.25407

Seskinore or Seskanore (from Irish: Seisceann Mhór, meaning "big marsh/bog")[1][2] is a small village and townland in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) northeast of Fintona and 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) southeast of Omagh.[3] The village had a population of 162 in the 2001 Census.


The name Seskinore is derived from the Irish Seisceann Mhór, which means "big marsh/bog", and the area to the north on the way to Omagh is characterised by lowland raised bog. Pike's Province of Ulster (1909) described the area thus: "The country is undulating with bogs in parts which make hunting difficult".[4]

Seskinore Forest, 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the village, is a mixed broadleaf and coniferous woodland which dates from at least 1833.[5]


Little is known about the origins of the village but there is proof that it existed in the early part of the 17th century when at least two of its inhabitants were listed as paying Hearth Tax.[6]

Following the marriage of Mary Perry to Alexander McClintock in 1781, the village became the family seat of the McClintock family, who had settled in Ulster in 1597 from Argyll, Scotland. The McClintock family were enthusiastic huntsmen and in 1860 they established the "Tyrone Hunt", which was renamed the "Seskinore Hunt" in 1886.[7]


The village has one primary school, McClintock Primary School, which is at the south end of the Main Street on land donated by Lt. Col. John Knox McClintock. Building of the school began in 1900 and it opened in 1902. It was originally known as Seskinore No.2 National School as there was also at one time a Chapel School.[8]


Even though it is a small village, Seskinore has three churches:


  1. ^ Placenames NI Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2013-01-18.
  3. ^ "Free Map Tools". Free Map Tools. Retrieved 2013-01-18.
  4. ^ Seskinore Hunt Archived 2012-03-16 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Omagh Farmland Biodiversity profile". 2010-02-01. Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2013-01-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ ""Seskinore" at Omagh District Council". Archived from the original on 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2013-01-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "McClintock Genealogy". 1944-04-25. Retrieved 2013-01-18.
  8. ^ "McClintock Primary School on Geograph". 2007-09-06. Retrieved 2013-01-18.

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