Project 21: People, Place, Power and Pageantry: Exploring Fermanagh in the time of the Maguires

This project will investigate the Medieval Maguire landscape with the purpose of developing further the story of the Maguires at the centre of their Fermanagh lordship in the Lisnaskea region.

Project 21: People, Place, Power and Pageantry: Exploring Fermanagh in the time of the Maguires

A community archaeology dig and excavation will be the centre piece of this project, which will stimulate an active interest in Fermanagh’s past, with a focus on the people and practices of the medieval period.  It will spark curiosity and has the potential to produce evidence about past human activity in medieval times. Locals will engage with as well as learn and enhance their knowledge of the history and heritage of the local area.  

School children, youth groups (e.g. cub scouts) and community volunteers, from all sides of the community, will be involved in a 3 week community excavation (most likely within the Lisnaskea area).

A wider programme of community engagement events will be organised to awaken interest and enhance knowledge of Fermanagh’s medieval landscape, for the local community (young and old), and tourists alike. 

It is anticipated that the excavation will produce important academic information. The project will build on the already successful Maguire weekend, organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, which this year will be held in May 2020.

We will shortly be inviting individuals/organisations to tender for the development and delivery of this project

If you would like to get involved in this project, participate in the community dig, or if you would like further information on the project, please contact Hazel Long call 028 6632 7109 email:

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