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Irish Lace, County Fermanagh

A recent article in Ireland of the Welcomes magazine about Irish lace lamented that there is no “dedicated textile museum where collections can be viewed.” But in a sleepy little town near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh is the extravagant Sheelin Lace Museum. Layer upon layer of antique Irish lace is artistically showcased among elegant displays of jewelry, embroidery, feathers, […]

Walk Through History at Enniskillen Castle: Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

One of the six counties of Northern Ireland, Fermanagh is often referred to as ‘The Lakelands’ as nearly 1/3 of the county consists of Upper and Lower Lough Erne and its rivers. Situated between the lakes, at one of the only ancient entrances to Ulster, sits Ennsikillen Castle. From its 15th century position of strength […]

The “Secrets” of the Belleek Parian China Factory: Belleek, Co Fermanagh

Serving as a pilgrimage site for fine porcelain collectors, a tour of the Belleek factory offers an up-close look at the intricate processes required to produce the high end china. The tour invites visitors to look over the shoulder of the craftspeople as they work, and things get a bit hands-on when a lucky (or […]

A Walk to Roogagh Waterfall: Garrison, Co Fermanagh

  Located just outside of town, the five minute walk to Roogagh waterfall offers a great spot to stop and stretch your legs. The steepest part of the gravel-lined walk is at the very beginning; after that, it’s a pretty easy stroll. (Note: the water level was a bit low when I visited) More Photos: […]

Historic Pubble Cemetery: Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

  Just 6 miles from Enniskillen is the Historic Pubble Cemetery. It is thought that this place has been used as a burial ground for over 1000 years. It is also believed St. Patrick preached at this place. Some 200 years later a wooden church was built here. This was eventually replaced with a stone […]

Cole Monument: Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Cole’s Monument stands high on Fort hill within Forthill Park & can be seen from anywhere in the town below. It was built in honour of Sir Galbraith Cole, who was one of Wellington’s generals and the son of the first Earl of Enniskillen. Started in 1845, it took 12 years to complete. 180 spiral […]

The Remains of Castlesaunderson: Castlesaunderson Demesne, Co Cavan/Fermanagh

The once grand estate is in the hands of the Cavan County Council and home to the Boy Scouts of Ireland’s new €3 million complex. The grounds include a church and cemetery with plots for the Saunderson family and the ruins of the 1840s castle. The castle had been open as a hotel, but was […]

World War II Beacon: Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Lough Erne served as Britain’s western-most flying boat station during World War II. Castle Archdale was set up as a Royal Air Force base in an effort to protect Atlantic shipping from German U-boats. A beacon was erected on the point to assist the planes as they made their water landings. A museum at Castle […]

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