Heritage and Culture
Fermanagh’s rich history has left a legacy that stands out in the form of some of Ireland’s finest treasures. Intriguing rock carvings dating back as far as 3000 BC, stunning Castles & Stately homes as well as ancient traditions & crafts tell the story of a County steeped in history
The Gordon Wilson Library at Lough Erne Resort has been dedicated to Peace Campaigner Gordon Wilson. On Remembrance Sunday 1987, twelve people including Marie Wilson, Gordon Wilson’s Daughter, died as the result of a terrorist bomb. It could have provoked anger and revenge; but instead what emerged was forgiveness and reconciliation – the true spirit of Enniskillen.
In an interview with the BBC, Wilson described with anguish his last conversation with his daughter and his feelings toward her killers: "She held my hand tightly, and gripped me as hard as she could. She said, 'Daddy, I love you very much.' Those were her exact words to me, and those were the last words I ever heard her say." Wilson went on to add, "But I bear no ill will. I bear no grudge. I will pray for these men tonight and every night." Throughout the rest of his life, Gordon Wilson worked hard to bring about reconciliation between people in Northern Ireland.
For those looking to explore The Fermanagh Lakelands, Half day and Full day Guided Heritage and Cultural Tours by John Cunningham, Historian, Writer, Genealogist & Broadcaster can be organised with the concierge. John has written 31 books on the local history of Fermanagh and surrounding counties. He is a qualified Irish National Tour Guide and Tour Manager (with distinction) interested in music, history, genealogy and the outdoors. He is an expert on Genealogy and has written, broadcast and lectured on most aspects of Irish history and heritage.
Local Sightseeing Tour - Find Fermanagh
A unique circular tour around Lower Lough Erne through the beautiful Fermanagh Scenery. The highlights include: a tour of the world famous Belleek pottery; travel across Boa Island; visit the 3 famous National Trust properties; Crom Castle and Estate, Florence Court and Castle Coole. Also a tour of the Island town of Enniskillen with its Watergate and Castle.
Fermanagh and the Plantation of Ulster with special reference to Ulster Scots
Monea Castle, Monea Church of Ireland, Tully Castle, Belleek and Castle Caldwell, St. Mary’s Ardess, Church of Ireland with Famine Trench Grave, Aughinver Viewpoint overlooking beautiful Lower Lough Erne, Enniskillen, the historic island town and principal town of County Fermanagh, Enniskillen Castle and Museum of the Inniskilling Fusiliers and Dragoons.
Ulster Scots and Irish Migration to America - Fermanagh and the Ulster American Folk Park
Monea Castle, Monea Church of Ireland, Enniskillen, the historic island town and principal town of County Fermanagh, Enniskillen Castle and Museum of the Inniskilling Fusiliers and Dragoons. The Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, County Tyrone which tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th & 19th centuries and provides visitors with a "living history" experience on its outdoor site. Costumed demonstrators go about their everyday tasks in the traditional manner in authentically furnished Old and New World buildings.
Local Sightseeing Tour - Giants Causeway & Bushmills Distillery
A Tour through the heartland of Northern Ireland, to the spectacular North Coast, to visit the oldest licensed Whiskey Distiller, Bushmills before visiting the World Heritage Site,The Giants Causeway, where a tale of Finn McCool is told and explore this very rare Basalt column formation.
Day Trip to Sligo
Travel to Sligo, taking in Mullaghmore, Lissadell House, Drumcliffe Church and the grave of William Butler Yeats. Then shopping in Sligo town and finish at Belleek Pottery.
Day Trip to Belfast
Day tour to Belfast including a City Tour and Shopping. Also visit Queens University, the Republican and Loyalist murals, Stormont House, Belfast City Hall and Belfast Shipyard.
Day Trip to Dublin
Day tours to Dublin or the Boyne Valley including Newgrange Mesolithic Tomb.
Hertiage & Cultural Sights of interest include:
Enniskillen Castle situated on the banks of the River Erne was built in the early 15th Century by the Maguire Chieftains who ruled Fermanagh at that time. The castle is now home to Fermanagh County Museum and Inniskillings Museum as well as being an excellent starting place to research local and family history.
Founded in the 6th Century by St. Molaise, Devenish Island is located in Lower Lough Erne and is one of the finest monastic sites in Ireland. It is home to a perfect 12th Century round tower, several Church ruins, two graveyards and an unusual cross.
Established in 1857 Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of Co. Fermanagh. The Belleek Visitor centre hosts one of the most authentic museums in the Country; on permanent display are items that have been made in the Pottery including earthenware dating from the 1850’s, magnificent creations from every Belleek period as well as Masterpieces like the Exhibition Centrepiece. As Belleek celebrates its 150th anniversary we invite you to visit this world renowned visitor attraction which has become a global icon for Irish craft & design skills.
Castle Coole - Home of the Earls of Belmore, Castle Coole is one of the finest neo-classical house in Ireland. Designed in 1789 by James Wyatt, it houses fine interiors and exquisite furnishings.
Florence Court House - Built in the 18th century by John Cole, this historic mansion features exquisite Roccoco plasterwork and original items of furniture. The Court House has Pleasure Grounds and Walled Gardens.
Crom Estate - One of Ireland’s most important nature conservation areas. Crom comprises 2,000 acres of woodland, parkland, wetlands, tranquil islands and Old Crom Castle.
Other notable people from The Fermanagh Lakelands include;
John Armstrong (1717–1795), born in Fermanagh, United States Congressman
Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), author and playwright (educated in Portora Royal School)
Samuel Beckett (1906–1989), author and playwright (educated in Portora Royal School)
Denis Parsons Burkitt (1911–1993), doctor - discoverer of Burkitt's lymphoma