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Irish: "Coillidh Leacaigh" or "Coill a Lagthaich"
Killylackey is located in Northern Ireland

Killylackey shown within Northern Ireland
Coordinates: 54°13′42″N 7°16′49″W / 54.2283°N 7.2803°W / 54.2283; -7.2803
Irish grid reference H466315
District Fermanagh District Council
County County Fermanagh
Constituent country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT92
Dialling code 028 677 51
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
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Killylackey is a townland in South-East County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Area 96:3:28 including 16:0:38 water (Killyfole Lough)


  • 1629 - (?)Killelackye
  • 1823 - Kilnalackey - Church of Ireland Census 1823
  • 1832 - Killalackey - Tithe Applotment
  • 1833 - Coill a Lagthaich "wood of the hollow"
  • 2004 - Coillidh Leacaigh "wood of the place of flagstones

The meaning of Killylackey is believed to mean (wood, flat stone or large stone)

On first hearing the meaning of the townland name, it was thought that it might be associated with stepping stones around the end of the Killyfole Lough. However, there could be another explanation. Not far from the lough shore, but at present covered by shrubbery and undergrowth, there was a well. This was topped with a very large flat stone and was thought to be of considerable age. It is believed that at one time there was an iron cup chained to this stone so that travellers could have a drink. We hope it will be possible to find this well when the lough shore trail work is underway.

1823 Church of Ireland Census

The following is an extract from a survey of the North-West Division of Clones Parish.

Name Sons Daughters
Johnston (widow) 3 1
Johnston, Thomas & Ann 1 1

1841-61 Population

Year Persons
1841 32
1851 17
1861 17

Griffiths Valuation 1862

Occupier Lessor Tenement
Thomas Johnston Earl of Erne House, Offices and Land
Andrew Campbell Thomas Johnston House & Garden
Joseph Johnston Earl of Erne House, Offices and Land

1901 Census

Head of family Name of Landholder(if different)
William Murray
Francis Johnston

Unfinished Lane

Until about 40 years ago, when it was cleared away, there had been a well made, wide laneway from the back of what was his uncle’s house along the back of the hill and coming almost to the road opposite Derek’s lane. This was clearly marked on the early map. It was dug out carefully with proper sheughs and with trees planted on each side and stoned part way. Work on it had never been finished and it had never been used. We knew from a church record that two Johnston families were in this townland in 1823. In the Public Records Office we found that a Francis Johnston of Aghadrumsee obtained a lease of 22ac.3 rood and 28 perch from Bernard Smith of Knockballymore in 1768. The lease was for the length of three lives which was a usual term in those days. The landlord and the person who was renting would agree three named people, very often family members or people of standing in the community and the lease would last until the last one died. The landlord made it a condition of the lease that the tenant would build a lime and stone dwelling house on the property. This was a way many landlords took of improving their property at no expense to themselves and was quite common. There were other conditions to the lease compelling the tenant to grind his corn at the landlord’s mill and provide three clamps of turf, four bushels of oats and 4 pullets annually to the manor house. There was a fine imposed if he failed to fulfil any of these In this case and in other leases by the same landlord there was also a condition to plant an orchard of ‘good cyder apples’

The lease was renewed in 1795 so there was a family on this farm with a long lease ahead and agriculture in a prosperous state at this time. So perhaps they had planned to further beautify their house by the addition of a nice tree lined avenue overlooking the Lough. The uncompleted avenue is clearly shown on the 1835 OS map so it was well on its way to completion before the new main road, the present B36, was constructed. This was worked at during famine times and completed around 1848. No further work was ever done on the avenue and perhaps after the famine the family was not in a position to do so for by the time the map was revised in 1855, the avenue is less clearly marked.

By 1862, there was a Thomas Johnston with 39 acres and a house which may be plain to our eyes but together with the farm buildings which were valued at £4, it was much better than the average for the locality. There were two other houses in Killylackey townland.

The Trap Brae

Part of the road running through Killylackey is known as the "Trap Brae" and is associated with a ghost which haunts the area.

Early & Late

The site of the other house, close to the Lough shore is remembered as Early’s garden and still has a couple of apple trees. The occupier, William Early married a Kate Late.