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Brookeborough is a village in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It was formerly known as Aghalun and lies between Enniskillen and Belfast close to the County Tyrone boundary. Its main steet is situated at 54°18′56″N, 07°24′17″W. It had a population of 517 people in the 2001 Census. The economy is heavily dependent on cattle & sheep farming. The village is within the parish of Aghavea which is within the Diocese of Clogher. A village is a human settlement commonly found in rural areas. ... County Fermanagh (Contae Fhear Manach or Fear Manach in Irish), is the westernmost of the six counties that form Northern Ireland. ... Dieu et mon droit (Royal motto) (French for God and my right)2 Northern Irelands location within the UK Official languages None3 Main languages English, Irish, Ulster Scots Capital and largest city Belfast First Minister Office suspended Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain MP Area  - Total Ranked... Coles Monument Enniskillen (Inis Ceithleann in Irish) is the county town of Fermanagh in Northern Ireland. ... Belfast (Béal Feirste in Irish) is a city in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about County Tyrone. ... Census 2001 is the name by which the national census conducted in the United Kingdom on Sunday 29 April 2001 is known. ... Clogher is a small town in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, situated on the River Blackwater in the Dungannon district 25 miles south of Omagh. ...



Aghalun was in the hands of the Maguire clan until the 1641 rebellion when it was given to the Brooke family who subsequently gave their name to the village. It is believed that Aghalun which means field of the blackbirds was the name given to the area because of a reputed fondness for blackbirds by Lady Maguire. The Irish Rebellion of 1641 began as an attempted coup détat by Irish Catholic gentry, but rapidly degenerated into bloody intercommunal violence between native Irish Catholics and English and Scottish Protestant settlers. ...

From 1943 until 1963 Basil Brooke from Colebrooke, Brookeborough was Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. On 31 December 1957 at the beginning of the IRA Border Campaign against the Northern Ireland state Seán Garland led the unsuccessful terrorist attack on Brookeborough Royal Ulster Constabulary barracks in which his comrades Seán South and Fergal O’Hanlon, both the subjects of well-known Irish republican ballads, were shot dead. 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Sir Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister A Prime Minister is a politician who serves as the head of the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty on 6 December 1921, the Irish Republican Army in the 26 counties that were to become the Irish Free State split between supporters and opponents of the Treaty. ... Seán Garland (7 March 1934-) is president of the Workers Party of Ireland. ... The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) was the police force in Northern Ireland from 1922 to 2001. ...


  • John Armstrong - American Congressman
  • Field Marshal Sir Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke - Soldier
  • Basil Brooke, 1st Viscount Brookeborough - Prime Minister of Northern Ireland
  • Charitie Lees Bancroft - Hymn writer
  • Bobby Hanvey - Photographer & Radio Broadcaster
  • Fergal O'Hanlon- IRA volunteer killed in the Brookeborough Raid
  • Seán South- IRA volunteer killed in the Brookeborough Raid

John Armstrong (1717-1795) was an American civil engineer and soldier who served as a major general in the Revolutionary War. ... Statue of Field Marshal The Viscount Alanbrooke, MoD Building, Whitehall, London Field Marshal Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke, KG, GCB, OM, GCVO, DSO (July 23, 1883 - June 17, 1963) was a British Field Marshal during World War II. He also served as Lord High Constable during the coronation of... Basil Stanlake Brooke, 1st Viscount Brookeborough, KG, CBE, MC (June 9, 1888-August 18, 1973) was an Irish Unionist politician. ... Fergal OHanlon (1939–1 January 1957) was a member of the Irish Republican Army from County Monaghan, Republic of Ireland. ... Sean South was an IRA terrorist fatally wounded whilst leading an attempt to storm a police station in Brookeborough, Northern Ireland in the small hours of New Years day 1957. ...

2001 Census

Brookeborough is classified as a small village or hamlet by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (ie 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: April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...

  • 25.5% were aged under 16 and 16.8% were aged 60 and over
  • 50.3% of the population were male and 49.7% were female
  • 50.2% were from a Catholic background and 48.1% were from a Protestant background
  • 7.0% of people aged 16-74 were unemployed.

For further details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service Protestantism is a movement within Christianity, representing the splitting away from the Roman Catholic Church during the mid-to-late Renaissance in Europe —a period known as the Protestant Reformation. ...


  • NI Conflict Archive on the Internet
  • "The Brookeborough Story - Aghalun in Aghavea" Ed. Jack Johnston.

External links

  • Brookeborough Market House
  • Brookeborough Railway Station

See also

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brookeb.htm (9196 words)
The Brookeborough papers comprise c.3,500 documents, c.115 volumes and 6 outsize photographs and formal documents, 1575, 1639 and 1658-c.1975, deriving from the Brooke family of Colebrooke, Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh, baronets and (from 1952) Viscounts Brookeborough.
D/998/26 comprises 650 leases of farms in the manor of Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh, 1713, 1733, 1740, 1747-1881, 1891, 1894, 1903 and 1916 (with gaps in the chronological sequence between 1747 and 1881, and concentrations of documentation on years when there were major re-lettings of the estate, e.g.
The biggest single component of D/998, /1 and /21, is a run of c.1,070 maps and surveys of lands in the manor of Brookeborough, 1722-1938, some of them maps/surveys of the entire estate, notably the first in the series which is by the celebrated William Starrat, 'philomath', 1722.
CultureNorthernIreland (338 words)
Brookeborough, a picturesque, immaculately presented village in the North East of the county was named after Sir Henry Brooke who was granted the village in 1666 and settled in Colebrooke Park nearby.
The high street is wide and airy, its houses prettily painted and even though several dwelling houses and shops were demolished in the late 1970s to provide new Trust housing, some attractive architectural features such as oriel windows and bay windows are preserved.
Sir Basil Brooke, late Lord Brookeborough was Prime Minister of Northern Ireland at Stormont from 1943 to 1963.
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