Project 12: Heritage Skills and Training

The Spiritual Trail will uncover and promote an unique and vast spiritual heritage located throughout Lough Erne with the aim of creating awareness, understanding, public access and digital visitor experiences.


Project 12: Heritage Skills and Training

This training is based on the needs identified in the LELP commissioned CAF Built heritage and Opportunities report, ARUPs Conservation Land Management report and a recent audit of other initiatives being delivered in the area. Training will be made available to LELP volunteers and the wider community.

For more information contact Hazel Long call 028 6632 7109 email: hazel.long@rspb.org.uk

Project Updates

Connecting With the Skills of the Past: Traditions of the Fermanagh Potato Harvest and Boxty Making Demonstration

12 November 2020

Join us online for an evening celebrating the traditions of the Fermanagh Potato Harvest in bygone days. Guest speakers will provide a history of potato farming in the county with tales of their experiences through the years, followed by a demonstration of boxty making by Eileen McGovern.

  • The Irish Lumper potato and the origins of the famine – John Cunningham
  • Recitations from the late Pat Cassidy’s Memoirs, Lisnaskea – Eileen McGovern
  • Traditional boxty making demonstration – Eileen McGovern
  • Childhood memories and Fermanagh tales – Florence Creighton
  • Poetry recitations – Fermanagh School of Music & Performing Arts

Join us for an enjoyable evening from 7pm and feel free to share your memories and tales of working in the potato field and making boxty.

To register click here

Connecting with the Skills of the Past

Calling a spade, a spade – tremendous interest in Fermanagh’s heritage skills

A fabulous evening was had by all at ‘Connecting with the skills of the past’ hosted by Lough Erne Landscape Partnership, at Enniskillen Castle Museum.

The event was well attended and celebrated skills from the past once common throughout Fermanagh such as willow weaving, spade making and lace craft. This also marked the launch of the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership Heritage Skills project which aims to engage people in heritage skills such as willow weaving, boat building, thatching and many more.

Guests were entertained by music from Fermanagh School of Music and Performing Arts and Churchill Silver Band. Speakers on the night included, Sam Morrow who discussed the traditional farming skills in Co. Fermanagh and followed by Helen Walsh on the delicate craft of Inishmacsaint Lace. The extremely interesting presentation on Fermanagh’s former spade mill and the McMahon spade, delivered by Oliver McCaffrey (Roslea Heritage Association) & Tom Mahon & James McCullough (Patterson’s Spade Mill), was very poignant particularly as the sons of the late Heber McMahon (owner of McMahon’s spade mill) were in attendance.

Roslea Heritage Association and Patterson’s Spade Mill displayed examples of traditional spades and spoke with guests about these rare and treasured possessions. In addition, there were displays from Inishmacsaint Lace, Fermanagh Beekeepers Association and Enniskillen, Lisnaskea and Belcoo Men’s Shed.

LELP have been holding Heritage Skills and Training workshops with Lisnaskea and Enniskillen Men’s Shed and Belleek Women’s Shed some of their finished pieces including baskets and bee skeps were on display in the castle.

 

OCN Level 2 Tour Guiding – Spring 2021 Graduates

Some of you may have seen these guys out and about this week! ☺️

Colette McCafferty from Travel & Tourism Associates has been assessing the participants on our OCN Level 2 in Tour Guiding course. All tours were competent at Level 2 – Congratulations to all involved! ?

We look forward to you enhancing your tour guiding portfolio in the future. This course was carried out in partnership with Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark and made possible through funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund Northern Ireland and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland

Fruits of Labour from Online Willow Weaving Class
Check out the ‘fruits of labour’ from our online Willow Weaving class delivered by Helena Golden. ??

Recent Tweets

We had a fantastic day celebrating the traditional heritage skills once common place in Fermanagh on Saturday at the Lough Erne Heritage Skills Festival as part of @festivallougherne.
@enniskillenBID @HeritageFundNI

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Join the Devenish Wildfowlers on Tuesday 21st September 2021 at 6pm for a public tour of their national, award winning wildfowl conservation project.
This event is free, suitable for all ages and must be booked via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/operation-duck-tunnel-tour-of-devenish-wildfowlers-conservation-project-tickets-170408361998.

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