The Gordon Wilson Library
The Gordon Wilson Library is a charming luxurious cosy space featuring sumptuous seating and an open fire. Lovingly named after Fermanagh native, Gordon Wilson, a tireless infamous Northern Ireland Peace Campaigner who hailed from Enniskillen.
Guests can immerse themselves in the tranquillity of the resort by enjoying the solace of this dedicated quiet zone. Catch up on the news browsing the collection of local and national newspapers; learn more about the rich heritage of Fermanagh browsing the local history or enjoy a short story from the extensive collection of fictional books. Alternatively guests can wile away the time and play a game of chess on the beautifully hand-crafted chessboards.
Please note: to maintain the ambience of the space, children under the age of 12 are not permitted in The Gordon Wilson Library.
The Gordon Wilson Story
On Remembrance Sunday 1987, twelve people including Marie Wilson, Gordon Wilson’s daughter, died as the result of a terrorist bomb in Enniskillen. 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."
To the astonishment of listeners, Wilson went on to add, "But I bear no ill will. I bear no grudge. Dirty sort of talk is not going to bring her back to life. She was a great wee lassie. She loved her profession. She's dead. She's in heaven and we shall meet again. I will pray for these men tonight and every night."
Historian Jonathan Bardon remarked that, "No words in more than twenty-five years of violence in Northern Ireland had such a powerful, emotional impact."
In 1989 Wilson helped launch a community outreach programme entitled the ‘Spirit of Enniskillen Trust’ which helped young people in Northern Ireland participate in international undertakings. The Trust gave bursaries to promote reconciliation. "The idea was to encourage young people aged between 16 and 19 from Northern Ireland to travel outside the Province and to use their experience to help build community bridges at home".
Throughout the rest of his life, Gordon Wilson worked hard to bring about reconciliation between all the people in Northern Ireland. He died on the 27th of June 1995.