Carrybridge is a hamlet in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, 8 km north-west of Lisnaskea and 11 km south-east of Enniskillen. It is situated in the townland of Aghnacarra in the civil parish of Derrybrusk and the historic barony of Magherastephana.[1]

  • "Carry"
Carrybridge is located in Northern Ireland
Location within Northern Ireland
Population<400 (2001)
Irish grid referenceH294373
• Belfast79 mi (127 km)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBT94
Dialling code028, +44 28
UK Parliament
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Northern Ireland
54°17′02″N 7°32′53″W / 54.284°N 7.548°W / 54.284; -7.548Coordinates: 54°17′02″N 7°32′53″W / 54.284°N 7.548°W / 54.284; -7.548
Carrybridge in 2007

The hamlet is named from a bridge connecting the island of Inishmore in Upper Lough Erne with the mainland. The bridge is named from the townland of Carry on the island, which name translates as 'causeway' or 'rocky ford', perhaps referring to a feature replaced by the bridge.[1]

It serves as a marina and boat hire centre. The area contains Derryharney Church of Ireland and the Carrybridge Hotel, as well as the bridge over the narrows at the outflow from Upper Lough Erne.[2]


On 11/12 December 1956, the bridge was badly damaged by a thirty-five pound mine which had been planted there by the Irish Republican Army during their 1956 campaign. Two unarmed civilians Eddie McGoldrick and Terrence Baxter died here in 1974.[3]


In 2002 the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) based a lifeboat on Upper Lough Erne at Carrybridge, to work in conjunction with the original lifeboat station on Lower Lough Erne at Killadeas. It was in temporary accommodation, but in March 2015 RNLI opened their first permanent inland lifeboat station at Carrybridge. The local community helped the charity raise £60,000 towards the cost.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Carry Bridge". Place Names NI. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  2. ^ Sanderson, Ernest (1976). Discover Northern Ireland. Belfast: Northern Ireland Tourist Board. p. 152. ISBN 0 9500222 7 6.
  3. ^ Bowyer Bell, J. (1997). The Secret Army: The IRA. Edison, NJ: Transaction Publishers. pp. 289–290. ISBN 978-1-56000-901-6.
  4. ^ McAloon, Nuala. "RNLI's first permanent inland lifeboat station now complete at Carrybridge". RNLI. Retrieved 19 April 2015.

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