is known for the beauty of its lakes and rivers. One third of
Fermanagh is water; with the great Lough Erne meandering across
the County. It is a paradise for birds, wild flowers and fishermen,
the magnificent Erne Waterway has unrestricted cruising and
boating around some 150 islands scattered across the landscape.
Although covering a land area of 647 square miles, Fermanagh
only has a population of just over 55,000; making it one of
Ireland's least inhabited counties.
the Irish 'Fear Manach', Fermanagh is rich in an ancient heritage
with many superb artefacts still standing. Many of the islands
in the Erne Waterway were developed as monastic settlements.
The seclusion and protection of the lakelands left these early
ecclesiastical centres untouched for many years. A perfect 12th
century round tower on Devenish Island remains intact along
with a small church and a ruined Augustinian abbey. Some of
the most striking pagan carvings can be found on White Island,
while the two-faced Celtic idol stands proud on Boa Island.
Outdoor activities in County Fermanagh are second to none. The
angling is legendary, with regular competitions, abundant coarse
angling and excellent salmon and trout fishing. The Erne is
now linked by canal to the River Shannon, to create a wonderful
500 mile leisure cruising waterway. Fermanagh has top class
golf clubs and courses across the county, picturesque cycling
routes and horse riding. The Marble Arch Caves provide an opportunity
to explore a fascinating underworld of waterfalls and lofty
County Fermanagh has a colourful calendar of cultural events
of theatre, arts, music and dance. Dating back to 1857 is the
revered Belleek Pottery, a showcase of fine porcelain and one
of Fermanagh's key visitor attractions.
Towns in County Fermanagh
Enniskillen is the largest town in County Fermanagh. Other main
towns are Irvinestown, Lisnaskea and Roslea. Please see our
town guides for further information.
County Fermanagh has one central administrative body in Enniskillen.
The Fermanagh District Council promotes both tourism and business
in the County. Two thirds of Fermanagh is rural. Agriculture
and tourism are the principal sectors. With 50 miles of cruising
lakes, County Fermanagh is a premier tourist destination for
fishing and boating enthusiasts alike. St. Angelo Airport, near
Enniskillen, is ideally located to bring tourism right into
the heart of the lakelands. Continental flights bring visitors
directly to Fermanagh to enjoy this unspoiled pocket of Ireland.
Engineering, cement works and timber milling are other significant
industries in the County. BT relocated their central London
enquiry centre to Enniskillen, creating 240 new jobs. The US
packaging firm, Plastofilm, has its European headquarters in
|Helpful contact details for business enquiries
Tel: (44) 01365 325050
(44) 01365 327348
West Fermanagh Development
(44) 013657 48893
(44) 01365 328181
|Sources of finance applicable to business start
up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as
Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Investment
Tel: (44) 01232 529900
(44) 01232 233233
(44) 01232 491031
of Ireland Head Office NI
(44) 01232 246901
Bank Business Banking
(44) 01232 897777
Bank Business Programme
(44) 01232 245277
Bank Business Programme
(44) 01232 245277
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment
supports economic development in Northern Ireland. On their
website at www.nics.gov.uk
is a multitude of helpful information and links where and
how to find business development assistance. The subsidiary
body of the Industrial Development Board is responsible
for inward investment into Northern Ireland and funding
assistance for indigenous manufacturing and tradable services
businesses with over 50 employees. LEDU, The Small Business
Agency, assists local businesses with up to 50 employees.
They have regional offices across the North. Local Enterprise
Agencies support and work with the LEDU programmes. A list
of local agencies is available from the LEDU Head Office.
|Travel (see also town
has a comprehensive network of roads across the County and around
the waterways. Bus Eireann and Ulsterbus both operate regular
services in Fermanagh, making this rural haven very accessible
from all surrounding counties. The local Enniskillen Airport
has flights to and from Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Jersey,
with plans to extend their flight schedule to other parts of
Europe and the UK. Belfast International Airport provides long
distance flights. The nearest ferry port to Fermanagh is Belfast.
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