Fermanagh Gold Introduction

Lack is the most northerly village in County Fermanagh. Along with the villages of Ederney and Kesh, It is located in the Parish of Magherculmoney. The village is located approximately :

80 miles from Belfast
12 miles from Enniskillen
11 miles from Omagh
6 miles from Irvinestown
5 miles from Kesh

It is situated on the main road leading from Omagh to Kesh through Pettigo. Close to the village is the summit level between the sea and Londonderry and Ballyshannon.

The village is clean and tidy, very healthy and situated beautifully between two hills namely Largy and Stranahone, at the end of the Glendurragh Valley which stretches from Lough Erne. According to the County Directory (1850) the moors on the adjacent hills abounded with game, it is also known that they were let to Mr. H. B. Murray, Ardnaveigh, Armagh who was resident in the village in a rented cottage.

In today’s village and surrounding area there are little sources of employment, this is similar to years ago but there were a few industries. In the surrounding area there was a scutch mill and creamery. There was also stonemasons found on the outskirts. Beside men working women were also employed at shirt making and embroidery.

The village as it was years ago was mixed as far as religion is concerned. The local Rectory is home to the Church of Ireland minister. The old rectory is situated just outside the village and now belongs to a Resident Magistrate and her family.

The actual location of the Church of Ireland : Colaghty is about one mile outside the village. It is still used today. As for Roman Catholics they used to attend the Blackbog Chapel, near the village of Ederney which is about four miles from Lack. Today they attend St. Joseph’s in the village of Edenery. The other church in the area is Tirwhinny which is a Methodists Church.

Years ago the village had a well built and flourishing national school (which also served as a court house, dispensary and loan funds office) Police barracks and market house. Today the village still has a well established primary school, the old school is a modern house, the police barracks is better known as the rectory and the market house is today known as the orange hall. The court house was replaced by a row of council houses. Today in the village there is post office, corner shop and two public houses.