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Newtownbutler

Newtownbutler or Newtown Butler is a small village in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It is in the southeast corner of the county, near Lough Erne, the border with County Monaghan, and the town of Clones. It is surrounded by small lakes and bogland. In the 2011 Census it had a population of 970 people.HistoryNewtownbutler began to be built as a Plantation village in the early 18th century. It was built within the townland of Aghagay. Originally known as Newtown, it was renamed Newtownbutler when Theophilus Butler was created Baron of the area in 1715.The local terrain was the undoing of some of the Jacobite forces in 1689 in the Battle of Newtownbutler. A Williamite force of less than 1000 Enniskillen troops captured and killed 3000 of James II’s troops here after they had got lost in an unmarked bog.The TroublesThere were thirteen deaths in and around Newtownbutler during the Troubles.Places of interestCrom Estate, Newtownbutler, owned by the National Trust, covers over 1900acre of woods, parkland and wetland and is one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas with the largest surviving area of oak woodland in Northern Ireland. There are also many attractive buildings on the estate, including Crom Old Castle and the romantic folly, Gad Island Tower. The wealth of wildlife at Crom is highlighted by the presence of two rare butterflies - the purple hair-streak and leptidea sinapis, as well as the pine marten and the largest herony in Ireland. The 19th century castle is private and not open to the public.
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