The original castle built at this strategic location on lough Erne was built in the late 1400’s by Hugh ‘The Hospitable’ Maguire. Over the years it has been fought over, captured and retaken by the O’Donnells, the O’Neills and the English. It has continuously morphed over the years as each successive ruler added and changed different parts. The circular tourelles date from 1609 and have a Scottish influence, the Watergate Tower was added in the 1700’s and British army barracks in the early 1800’s. It is now a State Care Historic Monument and houses the Fermanagh County Museum. The name Enniskillen (Inis-Ceithleann) means the Island of Kathleen, a mythical queen of ancient lore who was reputedly drowned here.

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