Tempo, County Fermanagh

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  • Irish: an tIompú Deiseal
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Tempo is located in Northern Ireland
Location within Northern Ireland
Population533 (2001 Census)
Irish grid referenceH351478
• Belfast72 miles
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBT94
Dialling code028, +44 28
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
Northern Ireland
54°22′39″N 7°27′39″W / 54.377492°N 7.460859°W / 54.377492; -7.460859Coordinates: 54°22′39″N 7°27′39″W / 54.377492°N 7.460859°W / 54.377492; -7.460859

Tempo, historically called Tempodeshel (from Irish: an tIompú Deiseal, meaning "the right-hand turn"),[1] is a small village at the foot of Brougher Mountain in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The Census of 2011 recorded a population of 489 people. It lies within the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area.

A stone circle was erected by modern residents to highlight the Celtic heritage of the area and make Tempo more distinctive. Tempo Maguires Gaelic Athletic Club is currently one of Fermanagh's most successful clubs. Some of the larger townlands in the area are Brockagh, Ballyreagh, Glen, Coolcran, Killaculla, Pubble, Tattykeeran and Edenmore, with Pubble being the lineal townlands 7s champions.

Public transport[edit]

Ulsterbus route 60 from Enniskillen to Fivemiletown via Garvary serves Tempo Mondays to Saturdays inclusive. [2]


On 25 October 1920, during the Irish War of Independence, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) raided the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) barracks in Tempo. One RIC constable was killed, and the IRA were forced to abandon the raid when local unionists came to the aid of the RIC. Shortly thereafter, a local republican was shot dead outside his home. Tempo is the birthplace of Young Irelander Terence MacManus, one of the leaders of the 1848 Rebellion.[3]


  • Tempo Controlled Primary School
  • St. Mary's Primary School, Tempo
  • Tempo Community Playgroup

Places of interest[edit]

  • Tempo Manor is a Victorian Manor House, built in 1863 and standing in 300 acres (1.2 km2) of beautiful grounds and woodlands.
  • Campbell's Bar is the oldest public house in the town and is well known for its reported supernatural sightings. The Fermanagh News reported the bar as the most haunted place in Fermanagh in 1994

2001 Census[edit]

Tempo is classified as a small village or hamlet by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with population between 500 and 1,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 533 people living in Tempo. Of these:

  • 23.2% were aged under 16 years and 21.5% were aged 60 and over
  • 48.2% of the population were male and 51.8% were female
  • 69.0% were from a Catholic background and 30.4% were from a Protestant background
  • 5.7% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

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