Dernawilt

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Dernawilt
Irish: Doire an Mhoilt
Irish grid reference H466315
District Fermanagh District Council
County County Fermanagh
Constituent country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ENNISKILLEN
Postcode district BT92
Dialling code 028 677
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
European Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament Fermanagh and South Tyrone
NI Assembly Fermanagh and South Tyrone
List of places: UK • Northern Ireland •


Dernawilt is a townland in South-East County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Area 197:2:22

Etymology

(officially Derrynawilt East and West) Ir. Doire an Mhoilt ‘oak wood of the wether’

The Martyrology of Donegal (p.58, c.1630) refers to a saint named ‘Dícuill, son of Maolduibh’, whose feast day is given as Feb. 28 and whose church is said to be situated in Airiudh-muilt for Loch Eirne, i.e. ‘at Airiudh-muilt on or near Lough Erne. A tentative identification between Dernawilt and Airiudh-muilt (Modern Irish Aireadh Molt, i.e. ‘tilled land of the wether’) might be suggested. However, since there is no evidence of a church site in either Dernawilt East or Dernawilt West the identification must be regarded as unlikely.

Griffiths Valuation 1862

Occupier…………………………..Lessor Arthur McMahon…………………………Rev John Richardson H Os & L John Glass………………………………...Rev John Richardson Cottier house & L Rev John Richardson…………………….. in fee Turbary John Elliott jun………………………….. Rev John Richardson Herd’s House Os & L Anne Smith……………………………… John Elliott jun House Johnston Bleakley………………………..Rev John Richardson H Os & L Mary McQuillan………………………….Rev John Richardson H Os & L Anne Kirbra………………………………Mary McQuillan House Thomas Mayne…………………………...Rev John Richardson H Os & L Owen Curran……………………………..Thomas Mayne H & O Arthur Foster……………………………..Rev John Richardson H Os & L James Gunn……………………………… Rev John Richardson H Os & L

1901 Census

Head of Family…………………... Landholder if different James McElgunn………………………… James McElgunn James McMahon…………………………. James McMahon Samuel Glass………………………………Samuel Glass Thomas McMillian………………………..Thos McMillian Robert West……………………………….Robert McConkey John Kelly…………………………………John Kelly

Surnames in 2005

Mulligan Freeman Glass McCauley Moran Quinn McMahon Keenan

Dernawilt Shop / Stores

There has been a shop at the crossroads for many years, formerly McMahon’s, which was enlarged and modernised by the Mulligan brothers, Phillip and Michael, who catered for all sorts of farming needs as well as the every day groceries.

Dernawilt Crossroads

Originally, the Fivemiletown / Clones road came straight across the B36, but some years ago the alignment was altered to make the junction safer. There had been many minor accidents, but none as bad as that in December 1939 when two cyclists, a Miss Theresa Mohan of Follum and a Mr John McCaffrey of Greaghcholea cycling downhill on the Fivemiletown road and ran into a lorry on the main road. Both were killed. In the same week there was another fatal accident in the same area for John Kearns of Drumma who was bringing a creamery cart to Dernawilt creamery was killed when his horse ran away.

Dernawilt Creamery

Dernawilt Creamery opened in 1922 when it was no longer possible for farmers to send milk to Clones. The cream was drawn from Dernawilt first to Newtownbutler creamery and in later years to Lisnaskea. In the early 1940’s the creamery was closed and all milk lifted directly from the farmer by a milk lorry and brought to the newly built creamery at Mullinascorthy beside Lisnaskea. In 1955 or 56 the old Dernawilt building was purchased by a local man, the late Robbie Glass and converted into a dwelling house. His son has recently replaced that building with a new bungalow.