Maguire History Weekend
Are you Maguire? Do you know a Maguire? Then sign up for the Maguire History Weekend at Enniskillen Castle. The Annual Maguire History Weekend presents an exciting and varied programme, exploring aspects of the Maguire history of Fermanagh, from castles and chalices to important historic sites, food and family history information.
The full weekend is comprised of 4 sessions which you can book individually or you can book a whole weekend ticket for just £100 in total.
Friday 11 May (Day Event)
11.00 am Congregate at Enniskillen Castle.
Welcome by Sarah McHugh and enrolment with tea, coffee and biscuits.
11.30 am 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 was 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.
12.30 pm The Story of the Maguire Chalices with Bronagh Cleary
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.
1.15 pm Lunch (Soup & Sandwiches)
2.00 pm Tour of the Fermanagh Lakelands galleries focussing on the history of the Annals of Ulster and viewing the Maguire Chalice.
3.30pm Boat trip & tour of Devenish Island with its distinctive Round Tower with Catherine Scott.
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.
Friday 11 May (Evening Event)
6.30 pm Three-course evening meal at Enniskillen Castle inspired by a medieval banquet. Meet Hugh ‘The Hospitable’ and other historical characters from Enniskillen Castle’s past.
Saturday 12 May
10.00am Depart Enniskillen Castle Car Park on tour bus with Catherine Scott
10.30am Field visit to Sgiath Gabhra - the inauguration site of the Maguire chieftains of Fermanagh at Cornashee, Lisnaskea. Followed by a tea/ coffee break.
12.00pm Field visit to Aghalurcher Graveyard, an important Maguire burial site.
1.00pm Picnic lunch provided and visit to Knockninny, site of original Maguire stronghold
3.00pm 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.”
5.00pm Approximate time of return to Enniskillen Castle
Sunday 13 May
2.00pm – 5.00pm An afternoon of Maguire Family History at Enniskillen Castle
Family History Roadshow
Fermanagh Family History experts will be on hand to give advice on the different resources available for researching Fermanagh family histories.