Thursday, 18 March 2021

Fintona

EDITED EXTRACTS FROM THE PARLIAMENTARY GAZETTEER OF IRELAND, PUBLISHED IN 1846


FINTONA, a market and post town in the parish of Donacavey, barony of Clogher, County Tyrone.

It stands on the road from Omagh to Enniskillen, and west road from Omagh to Clogher, 6¼ miles south of Omagh, 7 north-west of Clogher.

Its site is a warm and comparatively bosky hollow, traversed by a pleasant rivulet, in the midst of a bleak district of low uplands.


The town, though very irregularly built, and containing few good houses, makes no such unfavourable impression upon a stranger as the great majority of small squalid towns of Ireland.

Its public buildings are the parish church, a Presbyterian meeting-house, a Methodist meeting-house, and a Roman Catholic chapel.

Weekly markets and monthly fairs are held, and are well attended.

The weaving of linen employs a large proportion of the inhabitants both of the town itself and of its vicinity.

Ecclesville, the seat of C Eccles, adjoins the town; Derrabard, the seat of S Vesey, stands about a mile to the east; and Lakemount, the seat of J Hamilton, stands about two miles to the south.

Area of the town, 44 acres; population in 1831, 1,714; in 1841, 1,327; houses, 248.

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