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Donemana - Tyrone - 1930 Main St

vintage irish photo

The town was established in the early 17th century as part of the Plantation of Ulster, instigated by James I in 1609. Land in the area was granted to John Drummond who established the village, building a bawn (an enclosed, fortified farmyard, designed as a place of refuge for settlers in case of attack), 10 wicker-work houses, a watermill for grinding corn and a house for himself. A popular local song celebrates the claim that ' Davy Crockett's da came from Donemana'. An historical curiosity is the fact that the Crockett family are known to have fought on the Williamite side during the siege of Derry before emigrating to North America. Davy Crockett later fought at the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution.

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  • County: Tyrone
  • Town: Donemana
  • Scene: Main St
  • Date: 1920's (estimate)

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  • Read about Donemana below

Donemana

Donemana is a small market village in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, 11 kilometres north-east of Strabane, on the banks of the River Dennett and at the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains. The village name is an Anglicised version of the Irish: Dun na manach meaning Fort of the Monks. It has the unusual distinction of having at least 4 different English spellings of its name - Donemana, Dunamanagh, Donemanagh and Dunnamanagh, leading to some confusion on road signs in the area. It is in the Strabane District Council area and had a population of 593 people in the 2001 Census.

It has two primary schools, Donemana County Primary School and St.Patricks Primary School. Local children generally attend secondary school in Strabane or Derry.

History

The town was established in the early 17th century as part of the Plantation of Ulster, instigated by James I in 1609. Land in the area was granted to John Drummond who established the village, building a bawn (an enclosed, fortified farmyard, designed as a place of refuge for settlers in case of attack), 10 wicker-work houses, a watermill for grinding corn and a house for himself.

A popular local song celebrates the claim that ' Davy Crockett's da came from Donemana'. An historical curiosity is the fact that the Crockett family are known to have fought on the Williamite side during the siege of Derry before emigrating to North America. Davy Crockett later fought at the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution.

Places of interest

Barrontop Fun Farm is ideal for those interested in sampling the sights and sounds of farming life. · The Silverbrook Mill complex revisits the traditional industries once strongly associated with the locality. This facility has been developed Sport

Today Donemana is renowned throughout Ireland for its thriving and highly successful cricket team. Gaelic football and Soccer are also popular in the area.

2001 Census

Donemana is classified as a small village or hamlet by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (ie with population between 500 and 1,000). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 593 people living in Donemana. Of these:

  • 27.2 were aged under 16 and 19.8 were aged 60 and over
  • 49.2 of the population were male and 50.8 were female
  • 15.2 were from a Catholic background and 84.8 were from a Protestant background
  • 7.7 of people aged 16-74 were unemployed.