Lisnaskea

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Coordinates: 54°15′00″N 7°26′31″W / 54.25°N 7.442°W / 54.25; -7.442

Lisnaskea (from Irish: Lios na Scéithe, meaning "ringfort of the shield")[1] is the second largest settlement in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It had a population of 2,739 people in the 2001 Census. The town is built around the long main street, which bends at almost 90 degrees along its course. It lies within the Fermanagh District Council area and within the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency.

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History

Lisnaskea has a proud heritage dating back to the ruling Maguire Clan of Fermanagh. It was once the Seat of the Clan, where Lords were crowned and ruled the County. This strategic importance led to the town changing hands many times over the years. Sir Michael Balfour took control of the town in the Plantation of Ulster and in 1821 it came under the control of the Earls of Erne. They established the market in the town whilst aiding and controlling development around the high street.[2]

The Troubles

For more information see The Troubles in Lisnaskea, which includes a list of incidents in Lisnaskea during the Troubles resulting in two or more fatalities.

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