Fermanagh Gold Introduction

Pettigo is on the border between the counties of Donegal and Fermanagh. The Termon River runs through the town and the boundry line down the middle of the stream. The bulk of the town is in Donegal but those who live in the Fermanagh side of the stream - locally known as High Street - are officially living in Tullyhommon but generally describe themselves as being from Pettigo.

In terms of BMDs the original C of I Parish of Templecarne stretched from Lough Derg to Belleek in County Fermanagh and included Pettigo, (in Donegal) also. By Order of Council the Belleek section was set up as a parish on its own in 1791 with a Parish Church at Aughterdrum built in 1788. This was the scene of a famous service when the local Roman Catholics attended to give the bishop a favourable impression of the Rev. James Benson Tuttle which later appeared in the film "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. At a later stage well through the 1800s Muckross parish was set up surrounding the  church of the same name again in Fermanagh and from the ancient Templecarne Parish.

A similar division occured in the Roman Catholic Parish of Templecarne about 20 years ago when Belleek was cut off from Pettigo. Thus depending upon date BMDs can be Templecarne, Pettigo or Templecarne, Donegal.

Submitted by John Cunningham