Fermanagh Area Plan 2007
Lisnaskea is the second largest town in Fermanagh after Enniskillen. The town lies between the Carnmore Hills and Upper Lough Erne, 10 miles south east of Enniskillen on theA34 Enniskillen-Clones Road, at its inter-section with the B127 Lisnaskea-Derrylin Road, one of only two roads crossing Upper Lough Erne south of Enniskillen.
The town developed around Castlebalfour which was the traditional seat of the Maguire Kings, prior to the Plantation of Ulster when it was occupied by the Balfour family. The Castle then became the nucleus around which the village of Castleskea grew. The village ~became the largest settlement in Fermanagh and an important market centre, Although it ~s now secondary to Enniskillen in its size and importance, Lisnaskea still functions as an important local service centre for its hinterland.
The town has a pronounced linear form, the town centre having historically developed along the Main Street between steep slopes to the east and low lying ground to the west. In January 1996 the Department designated a large part of the town centre as a Conservation Area in view of its architectural and historic merit . Grant aid is available for improvement works and an enhancement strategy would be prepared to achieve environmental improvement.
In addition to its role as a market town and local service centre, Lisnaskea provides industrial employment opportunities principally in textile manufacturing and food processing. There is also a working quarry near the town along the Brookeborough Road. The Lisnaskea Community Development Association currently has a proposal to develop an enterprise centre on a site at the edge of the town fronting onto the Maguiresbridge Road. This project is being carried out as part of the Community Regeneration and Improvement Special Programme (CRISP) scheme jointly funded by the Department and the International Fund for Ireland. A Comprehensive Development Area Scheme to redevelop vacant land west of the town centre is also proposed.
These joint Community and Government based initiatives will assist in the physical and economic regeneration of Lisnaskea.
Lisnaskea has considerable tourism potential, located close to Fermanagh’s most southerly crossing point of Upper Lough Erne. The National Trust Crom Estate covering approximately 1350 acres of woodland, foreshore, islands, loughs and estate buildings is only 7 miles from Lisnaskea.
The population of Lisnaskea has increased steadily during the Plan period and the Plan proposals formulated will be sufficient to provide for a potential population of 3,100 in 2007.