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Subject: Seán South, County Fermanagh, Fergal O'Hanlon, Basil Brooke, 1st Viscount Brookeborough, Viscount Brookeborough
Collection: Civil Parish of Aghavea, Villages in County Fermanagh
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Irish: Achadh Lon[1]

Lady Brooke Memorial Hall, Brookeborough
Brookeborough is located in Northern Ireland
 Brookeborough shown within Northern Ireland
Population 517 (2001 Census)
Irish grid reference
   – Belfast  69 miles (111 km) 
District Fermanagh
County County Fermanagh
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Enniskillen
Postcode district BT94
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament Fermanagh and South Tyrone
NI Assembly Fermanagh and South Tyrone
List of places
Northern Ireland

Brookeborough (. Irish: Achadh Lon) 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 boundary. It is situated in the civil parish of Aghavea and the historic barony of Magherastephana.[2]

According to the 2001 Census, 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 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 clocktower and transverse stained glass window panels.


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


Before the Plantation of Ulster the area of 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 a well-known attack on Brookeborough R.U.C. Barracks by the I.R.A. during its 1950s Border Campaign. This attack was led by Seán Garland, and included Seán South and Fergal O'Hanlon, both the subjects of well-known Irish republican ballads, who were shot dead during the attack.

In 2002, the 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

  • Colebrooke Park was recently renovated and refurbished by the present Viscount 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 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 and Fergal O'Hanlon at Altawalk Cross.
  • Brookeborough Railway Station House (Formerly on the 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 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]


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.


2001 Census

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


See also


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland: Brookeborough/Achadh Lon
  2. ^ "Brookeborough". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
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  13. ^ "Brookeborough station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-13. 
  • The Brookeborough Story - Aghalun in Aghavea Ed. Jack Johnston.
  • Culture Northern Ireland
  • Brookeborough Heber McMahon's GFC

External links

  • Brookeborough Railway Station
  • List of townlands in Aghavea parish
  • Social & Economic Information
  • Aghavea Parish Church
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