may, 2020

08may10:30 am5:30 pm9th Maguire History Weekend


Event Details

Day One: Friday 8 May*
Journey around the Kingdom of Lough Erne

10.30 am You’ll experience a warm welcome at Enniskillen Castle, founded by Hugh ‘The Hospitable’ Maguire nearly 600 years ago. You’ll meet other weekend guests from across the globe before exploring key Maguire landmarks and listening to histories of family feuds, fierce battles as well as pilgrimages and poetry.

11.30 The ancient church ruins and graveyard at Aghalurcher are located two miles outside the town of Lisnaskea. Visitors find this an evocative and atmospheric site. It was the scene of a bitter family feud which resulted in the transfer of power from the senior to the junior branch of the Maguires.

1pm Lunch stop in Lisnaskea (sandwiches & traybakes)

2.30pm A key part of your weekend is the visit to Sgiath Gabhra (‘Shield of the White Mare’), known locally as the Moate Ring. You will walk onto the hill of Cornashee – the inauguration site of the Maguire chieftains. Weather and walking boots permitting, you can climb up the steep cairn in the centre of the site to enjoy panoramic views across stunning countryside.

3.45pm Your journey will take you next around the shores of Lough Erne to Knockninny, site of an original stronghold for the Maguire clan. Here, we will stop for tea and refreshments and discover the history of the memorably named Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits.

5.30pm Estimated time of return to Enniskillen Castle and the end of the scheduled events for the day.
*Please note that Friday is a Bank Holiday

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(Friday) 10:30 am - 5:30 pm


Enniskillen Castle

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