Fermanagh Gold Introduction
 
LISNASKEA
by John B Cunningham

Lisnaskea means the "Fort of the Whitethorns." In addition to "Lis" - forts or defensive homesteads have many names derived from the Irish language such as "Dun" as in Dun na nGall - Donegal - the Fort of the Foreigners. "Rath as in Rathmore - the Big Fort at Belleek in Fermanagh or Cashel meaning a stone fort as in Cashel in Tipperary. Lisnaskea is often shortened to Skea by the locals and pronounced as rhyming with "Say"