Lurg

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The Barony of Lurg

Lurg is a barony in the north of Fermanagh.[1] To its south lies Lower Lough Erne, and it is bordered by four other baronies in the United Kingdom: Magheraboy to the south; Tirkennedy to the south-east; Omagh West to the north; and Omagh East to the east.[1] It also borders to the west the barony of Tirhugh in the Republic of Ireland.

Its name is from the Gaelic Lorg, menanig mark, trail or track.[2])

History

The barony of Lurg is based on the ancient Irish territory of Tuath Luirg, also known as Fir Luirg (the men of Lurg),[3] who are claimed to be genealogically related to the Airgialla.[2] This territory was the patrimonial inheritance of the O'Muldoon (Ó Maolduin). It is listed in the Annals, under the name Lorg, as being a kingdom in the year 1039.[2][3]

Prior to this, Lurg was the base of the O'Monaghan (Ó Manacháin), thought to be descended from the original inhabitants of the area, the Fir Manach, from which Fermanagh gets its name.[4][5]

According to 19th century genealogist John O'Hart, the barony was also home to the Muintir Taithligh "chiefs of Hy-Laoghaire, of Lough Lir, a district which lay in the barony of Lurg, near Lough Erne, towards Tyrone."[6]

O'Hart also notes that the lord of Lurg in A.D. 924, Fergus MacDuilgen, is listed in the Annals of the Four Masters, although not chronicled in the lists of families and clans of the scholar poet Seán Mór Ó Dubhagáin.[6]

Villages and parishes

The main villages of the barony are:

The parishes in Lurg are:[7]

  • Belleek
  • Derryvullan (split with barony of Tirkennedy)
  • Drumkeeran
  • Magheraculmoney
  • Templecarn
  • Trory (split with barony of Tirkennedy)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 PRONI Baronies of Northern Ireland
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Lurg". Placenames Database of Ireland. Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. http://www.logainm.ie/303.aspx. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Letters of John O'Donovan
  4. The Baronies of Ireland - Family History
  5. Bell, Robert; The Book of Ulster Surnames, page 194. The Black Staff Press, 2003. ISBN 0-85640-602-3
  6. 6.0 6.1 John O'Hart (1892). Irish pedigrees; or, The origin and stem of the Irish nation "Part VI, Chapter 4, Fermanagh. A: The Irish Chiefs and Clans". Irish Pedigrees; or, the Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation. 17. Dublin, Republic of Ireland. p. 247 & 248. http://books.google.com/books?id=sl0BAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q=chiefs%20of%20Hy-Laoghaire&f=false Irish pedigrees; or, The origin and stem of the Irish nation. Retrieved 3 Feb 2011. 
  7. PRONI CIvil Parishes of County Fermanagh