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Blacklion (Irish: An Blaic) is a border village in west County Cavan, in the Republic of Ireland. It is situated on the Cavan/County Fermanagh border beside the village of Belcoo in Northern Ireland. Border stone at Passo San Giacomo between Val Formazza in Italy and Val Bedretto in Switzerland Borders define geographic boundaries of political entities or legal jurisdictions, such as governments, states or subnational administrative divisions. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Cavan Code: CN Area: 1,931 km² Population (2002) 56,546 Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Enniskillen Area: 1,691 km² Population (est. ... Belcoo (Irish: Béal Cú) is a small village in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, 12 miles from Enniskillen. ... Motto:  (Latin for Who will separate us?)[1] Anthem: UK: God Save the Queen Regional: (de facto) Londonderry Air Capital Belfast Largest city Belfast Official language(s) English (de facto), Ulster Scots, Irish3, Northern Ireland Sign Language, Irish Sign Language Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of...



The name is said to be derived from an ancient inn of the same name, but no record of this inn exists. Presumably it was from the horse and carriage era. The village is generally referred to as 'The Black' by locals.

In the 1950s the village name plate read Learga. This was the name by which local -older generation - people would have called the place - ie colloquially called Leargy. Learga is the plural of an Irish word Learg meaning rising ground, slopes, mountainside. This topographical feature would connect with the name of the village which sits below steeply rising ground and hills. // Recovering from World War II and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ...


This village region is also the birthplace of the gaelic poet Cathal Bui Mac Ghiolla Ghunna(Yellow Charlie McElgunn) whose life and work is celebrated annually in a festival/summer school started in 1998 by Belcoo man, Aidan Mc Gourty. Cathal Bui's name is also visible on local tourist sign posts bearing the legend Cathal Bui Country with an image of a dead bird alongside. Cathal Bui - Yellow Cathal - perhaps derived from his facial colouring - sallow skin or perhaps his hair colouring or who knows maybe he was guity of some terrible act of cowardice, eg leaving a maiden in the lurch - the latter is highly unlikely despite his self-confessed proclivity for philandering - since anecdotal evidence form the time would suggest he was held in high esteem - in common with poets generally. Apparently the poet - was a famous drinking man - and was walking homewards along the lakeside on a frosty winter morning when he came upon a dead bittern which he assumed had died of thirst because it was unable to get water from the frozen lake. In any case he wrote the famous poem - An Bonnán Buí - The Yellow Bittern - which laments the fate of the bird and notes wryfully that the bird had died for want of a drink while he himself was dying because of too much of the stuff. There is a monument to his memory on the shores of Lough MacNean - 1 mile from Blacklion on the Sligo road. † see also: Heron The bitterns are members of the heron family Ardeidae. ...

Cathal Bui moved away from the Blacklion area and lived out most of his adult life as a travelling poet and seller of trinkets and tin cans in the South Monaghan/South Armagh/North Louth area - he is buried in a graveyard of Dunamoyne in this region. Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Monaghan Code: MN Area: 1,294 km² Population (2006) 55,816 Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Ulster County Town: Armagh Area: 1,254 km² Population (est. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Dundalk Code: LH Area: 820 km² Population (2006) 110,894 Website: www. ...


In 1879 the Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway line opened with Belcoo station serving both Belcoo and Blacklion. The last trains ran through the station on 20 September 1957. 1879 (MDCCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... The Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway (SLNCR) ran from Enniskillen to junctions with the Midland Great Western Railway (MGWR) and the Great South Western Railway near Collooney. ... September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years). ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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