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Brookeborough
Brookeborough
(/brʊkˈbʌrə/) is a village in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, at the westerly foot of Slieve Beagh. It lies about eleven miles east of Enniskillen, just off the A4 trunk road, and about five miles west of the County Tyrone
County Tyrone
boundary. It is situated in the civil parish of Aghavea and the historic barony of Magherastephana.[2] It is situated within Fermanagh and Omagh district. According to the 2001 Census, Brookeborough
Brookeborough
had a population of 517. The economy is heavily dependent on cattle and sheep farming. There are five places of Christian worship; a Catholic church, a Methodist church (built in 1839), an Elim Pentecostal church, a Church of Ireland church and a Baptist
Baptist
church; three public houses; and two primary (elementary) schools. The Boer War memorial at the head of the town was carved by a local man named Harte in 1901. Behind it is the Lady Brooke Memorial Hall of the same date, a period building preserving all its original features including a clock tower and transverse stained glass window panels.

Contents

1 History 2 Places of interest 3 People 4 Transport 5 2001 Census 6 Sport 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] Before the Plantation of Ulster
Plantation of Ulster
the area of Brookeborough
Brookeborough
was known as Achadh Lon (anglicised as Aghalun), the townland in which it lies. It is believed that the Irish name refers to a "field of blackbirds". Aghalun was in the hands of the Maguire Clan until the 1641 rebellion when it was given to the Brooke family. The village was then named after Sir Henry Brooke, who was granted the village in 1666 and settled at Colebrooke Park nearby. On 1 January 1957, there was an attack on Brookeborough
Brookeborough
Royal Ulster Constabulary Barracks by the Irish Republican Army during its 1950s Border Campaign. This attack was led by Seán Garland, and included Seán South
Seán South
and Fergal O'Hanlon, who were both mortally wounded during the attack. In 2002, the Brookeborough
Brookeborough
Community Development Association, in conjunction with a similar organisation in Riverstown, County Sligo, Republic of Ireland, launched the Riverbrooke Cross-Border Initiative linking the two villages in a programme of cross-community/cross-border working. Places of interest[edit]

Colebrooke House is a B+ listed neo-classical country house, built in 1820, and situated in an estate of 1,000 acres. Colebrooke Park was recently renovated and refurbished by the present Viscount Brookeborough
Brookeborough
and his wife, Viscountess Brookeborough. This renovation of Colebrooke included the installation of the new Colebrooke spa [3] which was featured on the television show Country House Rescue in June 2012.[4] Part of this renovation also includes additional accommodation in the form of The Triumphal Arch Lodge.[5] Today Colebrooke Park, and the buildings around it, provide a tranquil getaway from the rush of the main A4 road between Brookeborough
Brookeborough
and Fivemiletown, which eventually becomes a section of motorway between Ballygawley and Dungannon, on the way to Belfast. This homely and historic rural retreat has also featured in a number of programmes and publications on the culture of Northern Ireland,[6] and also includes holiday cottages [7]and The Ashbrooke Riding School. Equestrianism has long been a part of the history of this area. Memorial to Seán South
Seán South
and Fergal O'Hanlon at Altawalk Cross. Brookeborough
Brookeborough
Railway Station House (Formerly on the Clogher
Clogher
Valley railway which ran through the village from May 1887 to January 1942) - This small redbrick building now hosts a playgroup and community centre, and pays homage to its railway tradition through the artwork of Amanda Montgomery, who produced a specially commissioned piece of artwork based around themes of travel and railway history. Also in 1998 President Mary McAleese visited the station house as part of a celebration of its opening and as a testament to the cross community work taking place in the area at this time. [8] Brookeborough
Brookeborough
Heber McMahons GAA grounds and complex - Located on the Carrickaheenan Road this facility includes two football pitches, changing rooms, and clubhouse. Aghavea Parish Church [9]

People[edit]

John Armstrong - American Congressman and revolutionary Field Marshal The 1st Viscount Alanbrooke - Soldier and Chief of the Imperial General Staff during part of World War II The 1st Viscount Brookeborough
Viscount Brookeborough
- Prime Minister of Northern Ireland from 1943 until 1963 Sir Victor Brooke, 3rd Baronet - Naturalist Arlene Foster
Arlene Foster
- Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
First Minister from 2016 until 2017 Bobbie Hanvey - Photographer & Radio Broadcaster Jeremiah Jordan - Irish Nationalist MP Charitie Lees Smith - Hymn writer Sir Evelyn Wrench
Evelyn Wrench
- Editor of The Spectator

Others who were born in the village and have achieved success of note include the Breen brothers - Paul, academic and author of such works as The Charlton Men [10] and Martin, editor of the Sunday Life newspaper;[11] Amanda Montgomery, artist,[12] and Kieran Donnelly former Fermanagh GAA Senior Team Assistant manager. Transport[edit]

The Clogher
Clogher
Valley Railway, ran through the village from 1887 ( Brookeborough
Brookeborough
station opened on 2 May 1887) until its closure on 1 January 1942.[13] Its route started in Maguiresbridge, passing through Brookebrough, Fivemiletown, Clogher, Augher, Ballygawley, Aughnacloy before eventually terminating at Tynan
Tynan
near Caledon. The main road to Belfast
Belfast
bypassed the village in the mid 1960s.

2001 Census[edit] Brookeborough
Brookeborough
is classified as a small village or hamlet by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with a population of between 500 and 1,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 517 people living in Brookeborough. Of these:

25.5% were aged under 16 years 16.8% were aged 60 and over the average age was 34.7 years (NI average age 35.8 years) 50.3% of the population were male and 49.7% were female 50.2% were from a Catholic community background 48.1% were from a Protestant and other Christian 8.2% were born outside Northern Ireland

For further details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service Sport[edit]

In his youth Roy Carroll, the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
international goalkeeper, played for the Brookeborough
Brookeborough
football team. The local Gaelic Athletic Association
Gaelic Athletic Association
team is known as Brookeborough Heber MacMahon's Gaelic Football Club. It is named after Dr. Heber MacMahon (1600-1650), Bishop of Clogher, a Catholic prelate who was executed during the Irish Confederate Wars. The team has never won honours at Senior Championship level but has won a number of Junior, Under-age and Intermediate Level competitions.

See also[edit]

List of villages in Northern Ireland List of towns in Northern Ireland Market Houses in Northern Ireland

References[edit]

^ Placenames Database of Ireland: Brookeborough/Achadh Lon ^ "Brookeborough". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 5 May 2015.  ^ http://colebrookespa.com ^ http://www.impartialreporter.com/news/roundup/articles/2012/06/13/397015-colebrooke-to-star-in-thursdays-country-house-rescue/[permanent dead link] ^ http://www.irishlandmark.com/property/triumphal-arch-lodge/ ^ http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/article/3302/to-the-manor-born-colebrooke-park ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-12. Retrieved 2014-08-07.  ^ http://ohsointricate1994.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/dscn4085.jpg ^ http://aghavea.blogspot.co.uk ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-06.  ^ https://www.theguardian.com/media/2009/may/21/belfast-sunday-life-martin-breen-youngest-editor ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-14. Retrieved 2014-08-06.  ^ " Brookeborough
Brookeborough
station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 

The Brookeborough
Brookeborough
Story - Aghalun in Aghavea Ed. Jack Johnston. Culture Northern Ireland Brookeborough
Brookeborough
Heber McMahon's GFC

External links[edit]

Brookeborough
Brookeborough
Railway Station[permanent dead link] List of townlands in Aghavea parish Social & Economic Information Aghavea Parish Church

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