Killyfole is a townland in South-East County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. There are some local variations in the spelling of the same townland name including Killyfoyle and Killafole


  • 1833 - Coille Phóil "Paul's wood" - J O'D (OSNB) B134 B67
  • 1987 - Coillidh Pholl "wood of hollows" - PNP talk PMcK

Killyfole is believed to mean "wood of the deep Hollow"

Early history

The earliest building around here may have been the crannog in the centre of the Killyfole Lough. When the water level falls it becomes visible and was examined by experts when the lake was drained prior to becoming a reservoir. They believe this crannog was inhabited during medieval times.

Griffith Valuation 1862

Occupier Lessor Tenement
Thomas Gunn John Brady House, Offices and Land
James Gunn John Brady House, Offices and Land
Joseph Johnston John Brady House, Offices, Cornmill, Kilns and Land
Francis Maguire Joseph Johnston House
John Kellegher Joseph Johnston House
John Killen Joseph Johnston House
Thomas McCaffrey Joseph Johnston House
John Sweeny John Bradey House, Offices and Land
Susan McMahon John Bradey House, Offices and Land
Thomas Gunn John Bradey House, Offices and Land
Owen Gunn Free -

1901 Census

Head of Family Landholder (if different)
James Kellegher
Owen Keiran Joseph Johnston
John EcElgunn Edward McElgunn
Francis Deveeney
Joseph Johnston
John McElgunn
Thomas McElgunn

Surnames in 2005

Johnston Cunningham
O'Hara Little
Beattie Mulligan
Annon Boyle

Waterworks Plant

In the early 1960s Lisnaskea Rural District Council decided to turn the lake into a reservoir for the supply of piped water to the Rosslea, Newtownbutler, Lisnaskea, Maguiresbridge and Brookeborough districts.

Killyfole Lough

Killyfole Lough is shared between the townlands of Aghadrumsee, Killyfole, Killylackey and Loughgare. For more information on Killyfole Lough click here.

The Killyfole and District Development Association

The Killyfole and District Development Association was formed in September 1999. It aims to enhance the welfare and lifestyle of those who live in the wider area around Killyfole Lough. We felt this well known landmark, would enable the wider public to pinpoint our location with accuracy.

In January 2020, the Killyfole and District Development Association took the decision to dissolve.

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