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Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

County Town of Fermanagh, located on a natural island which separates the Upper and Lower sections of Lough Erne.  Population 11,500.

The photographs demonstrate the age of the Enniskillen settlement and how it is capitalising on it's natural assets of extensive waterways and excellent fishing.

Enniskillen Castle, situated beside the River Erne, was originally built by the Gaelic Maguires, who ruled Fermanagh, to maintain control over the north-western part of their territory and defended Fermanagh from attack, particularly from the neighbouring O’Rourke and O’Donnell clans. In 1607, Cuchonnact Maguire organised the Flight of the Earls and left Ireland with the other Gaelic leaders.  Deemed a traitor, his lands were confiscated by the English, and Captain William Cole was put in charged to make the site a workable garrison fort. Due to the threat of invasion during the 18th century the government invested the grand sum of £7000 to refurbish Enniskillen castle as a barracks. Today the castle is home to two museums the Fermanagh county Museum and the Inniskillings Museum which houses a collection relating to Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.  Pride of place is taken by the bugle that sounded at the charge of the regiment in the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Further information is available at:

Enniskillen Castle

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Museum


Getting there?                   Map


Enniskillen Castle

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Apartments with Private Marina

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Copyright © 2005, Robert H Mayne, All rights reserved   

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