Fermanagh Gold Introduction
Lowe's Directory 1880

A village, partly in the parish of Drumkeeran, Barony of Lurg, county Fermanagh, but chiefly in the parish of Templecarne, barony of Tyrhugh, county Donegal. It stands on the rivulet Termon, on the road from Belleek to Castle Derg, and on the east road from Enniskillen to Donegal, one mile north of the nearest part of Lower Lough Erne, 3½ south by east of Lough Derg, 4½ west-north-west of Kesh, 14 south-east by east of Donegal, 16 north-north-west of Enniskillen, and 96 north-north-west of Dublin. It stands amidst pretty green and wooded hills; and its vicinity offers various fine vantage grounds for obtaining a panoramic view of the basin of Lower Lough Erne. the village contains a Church, a Presbyterian Meeting House, and a Roman Catholic Chapel. It is a prosperous and improving place, and possesses not a little notoriety as the great thoroughfare of the crowds of pilgrims who frequent Lough Derg.

The Dispensary here is within the Donegal Poor Law Union. A Court of Petty Sessions is held on the last Friday of every month. A Fair is held on the 20th day of every month; and a Market on every Monday in each week.

There is a very commodious and well-kept Hotel and Posting establishment in the town, kept by Mr Aiken, where tourists or other travelers (who are very numerous in the Summer), are well accommodated on their way. It also contains a Wesleyan Chapel.


Messrs Thomas Aiken, hotel keeper and draper
Johnston Aiken, spirit merchant
Mrs Armstrong, draper and postmistress
James Elliott  grocer
John Elliott, grocer
Falls, John, grocer and baker
Patrick Flood, spirit merchant
David Funston, spirit merchant
Francis Gallagher,  draper
John Gillmor, grocer
Henry McBrien, draper and grocer
John M'Caffrey, grocer
M'Grath Mrs, grocer
Roderick M'Hugh, spirit merchant
John Read, grocer
Robert Read, grocer and hardware merchant
Hamilton Robinson, grocer
John Tiernan, spirit merchant
Miss Thompson, draper and milliner