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Captain Mummer helps bring the Halloween spirit to Lisnarick Pathway

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On Saturday, 29th October 2022 lanterns lit the way as locals took a walk around the Lisnarick pathway, which was opened in May of this year. With storytelling from local storyteller Bernadette Layden as well as appearances from mummers including Captain Mummer, it was a night rich in Fermanagh’s cultural heritage as local families gathered on the brink of Halloween. The evening was topped off with music from local musicians and hot chocolate to keep bellies warm for the journey home.

This event was hosted by Lisnarick Community Development Association, in partnership with the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership and Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark. The event was made possible through funding provided by the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with thanks to all lottery players.  

Many thanks to all volunteers and attendees for helping create such a successful evening and for the many families, young and old, who joined us on the night dressed in their spooktacular halloween costumes.

Norman Noble, Chairperson of Lisnarick Community Development Association, reflected on the evening stating;

“Lisnarick Community Development Association were delighted to see so many people from the village and surrounding area who took part in our Halloween Lantern Walk. This is the first event to be staged on the recently opened pathway to the lough, it has been such a success that it will probably be included our calendar of annual events. I would like to express sincere thanks to everyone who helped out on the evening, to the musicians, story teller, mummers including captain mummer for adding the traditional theme to the event and those who supplied the refreshments. I would also like to thank Lough Erne Landscape Partnership, Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark and the National Lottery Heritage Fund for their ongoing support.”

Elmarie Swanepoel, Programme Manager for Lough Erne Landscape Partnership commented that;

“It was fantastic to see many local people engage with their natural and cultural heritage by joining this Lantern Walk. The Lisnarick Pathway enables users to walk from the village to Lower Lough Erne on a 2.1 km walking trail that meanders through the Castle Archdale Forest & Country Park. The trail offers options for walks of varying lengths and more dynamic walks by linking with existing walking trails and is open all year round.  This pathway was developed as part of the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership project named “Lisnarick Walkway to our Lough.”

Martina O’Neill, Countryside Management Officer for Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark, added;

“We in Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark were delighted to be assist Lisnarick Community Development Association to develop the Lisnarick Walkway to the Lough. The trail provides an opportunity for local people to immerse themselves in their local landscape and heritage in a safe and sustainable way.  Through our on-going work with the local community, we will continue to help support their events such as last weekend Halloween event, enabling the unique stories of the landscape to be brought to life, in an innovative and creative way.”