Lough Head has always been an important feature of life in Lisnaskea, used by the Maguires as their landing place near their capital Lisnaskea 1,000 years ago, and by other Loughsiders ever since.
This project aims to increase awareness of this heritage by erecting two information panels, about human history and natural history, a seat and planting native flowers at Lough Head. It will work with local primary schools and organisations including St Ronan’s Primary School, the Moat Primary School, Bunscoil an Traonaigh, Lisnaskea Business Park and The Lisnaskea and Enniskillen Men’s Shed.
In addition a number of tours and history talks will be organised to help share this history of the area, and addition research and interviews will be documented and recorded. The overall aim is to make local people proud of their heritage, to increase respect and help maintain it into the future.
For more information contact Elmarie Swanepoel (Lough Erne Landscape Partnership) call 0770 250 8777 email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lisnaskea Historical Society via email@example.com
The information board, which has been a year and a half in the planning, is now in situ at our little corner of Lough Head, and it has to be said that this would not have happened with out the help of Kieran Kelly form LCEL who has been truly supportive, and the funding from Lough Erne Landscape Partnership, the RSPB and the Heritage Lottery Fund. You will see that the first photo shows it in situ, but underneath there will be others showing its journey along the pathway. The FODC planning workers who installed it deserve medals because it was so heavy and difficult to manoeuvre.
The artwork is by local artist, Kevin McHugh and shows beautiful the Lough Head and the rich history, from the cots, the castle, the trade and of course this is where the Lough Erne steamboats once ruled the waves in the mid 1800s onward.
From Old Lisnaskea Past & Present, 16th September 2021
The swans have landed again… this time the swan parents are filled with local flora such as Yellow Flag and Purple Loosestrife. Of course the flowering season has finished but they will bloom again next year. There are three cygnets behind their parents too.
These swans are located beside the bench and information sign at Lough Head. Thanks to the Men’s Shed Enniskillen who made these attractive planters.
Throughout summer and as part of European Heritage Open Days (EHOD), Lisnaskea Historical Society has provided a number of opportunities to explore Lough Head. For EHOD a walk and talk about Lisnaskea Workhouse, Castle Balfour and a self-guided walk around Lough Head was provided.