County Fermanagh

County Fermanagh

Inland county in the province of Ulster, one of the six counties of Northern Ireland. Fermanagh (648 square miles) is one of the least densely populated counties in Ireland, with a population of 54,033. Bordered on the east by Monaghan and Tyrone, on the north by Donegal, on the west by Leitrim, and on the south by Cavan, Fermanagh derives its name from the Irish Fir Manach, meaning the tribe of Manach. the highest mountain in the county is Mount Cuilcagh (2,175 feet) on the border with Cavan. The largest lake in the county is Lough Erne and principal rivers are the Erne, the Finn, the Pettigo, and the Omna.

Until their defeat at the Battle of Kinsale in 1601, the county was dominated by the Maguire family. Following this battle and the Flight of the Earls, the lands formerly held by the Gaelic chieftains were confiscated and given to settlers from England and Scotland. After the Government of Ireland Act (1920), Fermanagh came under the control of the Northern Ireland Parliament.

Fermanagh is known for the Belleek pottery company, established in 1857, which produces a world-famous hand-painted porcelain. Tourist attractions include the Marble Arch, a natural limestone bridge near Enniskillen, and the monastic site on Devenish Island, founded by St. Molaise in the sixth culture, fishing, forestry, and tourism. The country’s capital is Enniskillen, famed as a center of Protestant resistance to King James II in the 1680’s. One of the Irish regiments in the British army before and during World War I was named the Enniskillen Dragoons, after this town.

On our 7 day tour of Ireland we visit Devenish on the way up North from Galway.

It is also accessible from your cruise ship on a day tour out of Belfast.

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