About the Event
Our Annual Maguire History Weekend presents a varied programme, exploring aspects of the Maguire history of Fermanagh, from castles and chalices to important historic sites and family history.
Here is a detailed breakdown of the weekend programme –
Friday 13 May
Congregate at Enniskillen Castle Museums.
Welcome by Museum Manager, Sarah McHugh and enrolment with tea, coffee and scones.
Followed by: Tour of the Maguire stronghold at Enniskillen Castle, originally built over 600 years ago for Hugh ‘The Hospitable’ Maguire.
The castle sits next to the River Erne and strategically important throughout its history. Guarding one of the few passes into Ulster, it became the seat of power for the ruling Maguire chieftains in Fermanagh.
Boat trip & tour of Devenish Island with its distinctive Round Tower.
From the 6th century onwards, the Island became a place of great religious and spiritual importance as well as a burial place for a branch of the Maguire family.
Followed by a boat trip to the Killyhevlin Hotel where you will be served a 3 course meal at approximately 6.30pm
Depart Killyhevlin Hotel by boat for return journey to The Round O
Approximate time of return to Enniskillen Castle Museums Car Park
Saturday 14 May
Depart Enniskillen Castle Museums Car Park on tour bus
Field visit to Sgiath Gabhra – the inauguration site of the Maguire chieftains of Fermanagh at Cornashee, Lisnaskea. Followed by a tea/ coffee break.
Field visit to Aghalurcher Graveyard, an important Maguire burial site.
Lunch at Knockninny Country House & Marina. Knockninny, site of original Maguire stronghold
Visit to Monea Castle, site of a former Maguire stronghold, the site is now occupied by “Undoubtedly the most complete and best preserved of all the Plantation castles of Ulster.”
Approximate time of return to Enniskillen Castle
Sunday 15 May
2pm – 5pm
An Afternoon of Maguire Family History
Family History Roadshow
Fermanagh Family History experts will be on hand to give advice on the different resources available for researching Fermanagh family histories.
The Story of the Maguire Chalices
There are records of 5 important chalices associated with the Maguires. This talk highlights the history of the chalices from their making to their current locations in Ireland, Scotland and Canada.
Medieval Maguires – Living History demonstration of medieval food.
All tea/ coffee breaks, Friday night’s 3-course dinner at The Killyhevlin Hotel and Saturday’s lunch at Knockninny Country House & Marina are included in the prices quoted below.
Adult/ Senior or Student – £75
Friend of Fermanagh County Museum – £60
Friend of a Friend (Guest) – £70
If you have any queries please call us at +44 (0) 28 6632 5000 or +44 (0)26 6632 3110
7th Annual Maguire History Weekend
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, N. Ireland, BT74 7HL
To book online go to – http://www.enniskillencastle.ticketsolve.com/shows/873544259