Infobox UK place
map_type= Northern Ireland
belfast_distance= 53 miles
population= 815 (1995 Parish Figures)
unitary_northern_ireland= Omagh District
country= Northern Ireland
dial_code= 028 82
constituency_westminster= West Tyrone
Eskra (derive|Irish|Eiscreach|ridges of gravel or sand) is a small
villagelocated in the south-west of County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, on the Omaghto Clogherroad, about 10 miles from Omagh and about 4 miles from Clogher. It was originally part of Clogher and also contains the hamlet of Newtownsaville.
Roman Catholicparish church is named St. Patrick's. The Protestant Church of Irelandis named St. Mark's. Drinkers in the village are served by the Bridge Tavern (also known as O'Hagan's) and Marlow's Pub in Newtownsaville (formerly known as McSorley's).
Eskra is located in the hilly land overlooking
Augherand the ClogherValley. Its most notable geological feature and historical site is Knockmany Hill.
Until 1869 Eskra was part of Clogher Parish. In 1841 before the Potato Famine, the population of the present Eskra Parish was 4,713. In June 1995 there were 815 people in the parish, 70 percent of whom were Roman Catholic.
Places of interest
*On the crown of the wooded hill stands a remarkable
megalithic monument - a chambered cairn, sometimes styled "Aynia's cave". Queen Aynia, who gave her name to the hill and townland, is said to have been full sister to Queen Medhbh of Connacht.
*Many sites of penal day massrocks are still remembered by the local people. One such hallowed spot is 'The Altar Field' near Cullen's Point in the townland of Cormore.
*Another is in the hallow at the rear of the new church in Lisnarable. The old St. Patrick's Church - sometimes referred to as the 'Lower Mountain Church' was really a barn bought from a local farmer named Traynor and upgraded to serve as a church in the first quarter of the 19th century. The cemetery which developed around it was consecrated on Sunday, 25 October 1840 by Bishop Edward Kernan. On 20 August 1978 the present St. Patrick's Church was dedicated by Bishop Mulligan. The altar stone, the tabernacle, the bell and two fine restored statues were transferred from the old church to highlight the link with the past. In the new church with its pipe organ, Father Eddie Murphy, then Parish Priest, has left a memorable legacy on the parish of Eskra.
Eskra is home to
Eskra Emmetts Gaelic footballclub.
(This list is not necessarily complete)
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