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Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh


Ir. Lios na Scéithe [liss na skeyha] ‘fort of the shield’.


17km SE of Enniskillen

par: Aghalurcher bar: Magherastephana

The final element of the place-name, the genitive of sciath ‘shield’, is from Sciath Ghabhra [skeea ghoara], the name of the inauguration site of the Maguires, now known as the MOATE FORT in the townland of CORNASHEE, 1km north of Lisnaskea. The element sciath (literally ‘shield’) in Sciath Ghabhra may mean ‘defensive position/fortress’ and Sciath Ghabhra may signify ‘fortress of the (white) horses’. The Plantation town of Lisnaskea is mainly in the townland of LISONEILL where there are also remains of a rath and the name Lisnakea may represent a combination of the lios element of LISONEILL (Ir. Lios Uí Néill ‘O’Neill’s fort) and sciath from Sciath Ghabhra. In the adjoining townland of CASTLE BALFOUR DEMESNE are the ruins of CASTLE BALFOUR, a plantation castle which was sometimes known as CASTLE SKEA [(ag) Scéith Ghabhra 1589].


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Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Castleskeagh 1q1609Esch. Co. Map 4 (Coole)
Lisnaskea1659cCensus 1659 107
Lisneskea1659cCensus 1659 106
(?)Ballibelfor, a stone house and garden in (JN)1662cCourt of Claims $412 v.P.Duffy
Liskeagh (tate, claimed by R Netterville)1662cCourt of Claims $412
Lisneskea1680BSD (Ó Maolagáin) 542
Lisnaskea1747Reg. Free. Fer. 33
Lisnaskea1748Reg. Free. Fer. 28
Lisneskea1777Taylor & Skinner 47a
Lisneskea1777Taylor & Skinner 257b
Lisneskea1777Taylor & Skinner 259b
""the fort of the bush""1869Joyce i 519
~Lios na Scéithe1989GÉ 246
Lios na Scéithe "" fort of the Shield""1999Cel. Ulst. Tds 19
~Lios na Scéithe ""fort of the shield""1999Dict. Ulst. PN 97
~Sciath Ghabhra perhaps ""fortress of the (white) h1999Dict. Ulst. PN 97
Lios na Scéithe ""fort of the ""shield""or defensive 2002Fer. Bilingual Map PMcK
Lios na Scéithe ""fort of the shield""2002Culture NI PNN PMcK/JP
Parish in 1851
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