Augher, Co.Tyrone

Augher Co.Tyrone.

Augher is a village on the road from Ballygawley to Fivemiletown, in Co.Tyrone.  I’ve paseed through it on many, many ocassions, but with a little bit of spare time after an appointment at Clougher today, I paused in the village to explore.  The main focus of my interest was the old Railway Station, once part of the Clogher Valley Railway.  The 3ft narroe gauge railway operated between 1887 and 1942, linking the GNR mainline stations at Tynan and Maguiresbridge.  It passed through Caledon, Aughnacloy, Augher, Clougher, Fivemiletown (where the trains ran along Main Street like a tram) Colebrooke, Brookeborough and Maguiresbridge. The old train station at Augher is still extant, used now as a coffee shop.

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Walking round the corner from the station brings one to the town’s main street, a single road with some shops, intersected by the main Ballygawley to Clougher Road.

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Churches are at the top of the town, St Mark’s Church of Ireland and the Free Presbyterian Church.  The Roman Catholic Church and the Presbyterian Church are both outside the village.

The River Blackwater flows past the village.  There are lakes and a forest park, with a 2000 year old burial site and cairn, and a picturesque castle by a lake, – but this proved to difficult to access on such a short stop.