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Ambitious plans for Enniskillen Castle one step closer

5 August 2013

An ambitious project to transform Enniskillen Castle into the heritage gateway for Fermanagh is one step closer after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded its support to Fermanagh District Council's initial plans.

Enniskillen Castle was built in the 15th century by the Gaelic Maguires who ruled Fermanagh. Situated next to the River Erne and guarding one of the few passes into Ulster, it was strategically important throughout its history. The Castle is within easy walking distance of the town centre and contributes greatly to the unique character of the area.

The new project will involve the restoration and refurbishment of many of the historic buildings contained within the Castle complex for reuse as exhibition space. New visitor welcome and orientation spaces will be created to provide a more cohesive experience, hosting services such as a heritage, tourism and genealogy information point. A digital film archive and history hub will also be created to provide access to the museum’s archives, photographic records and library. Four new galleries will create additional space to showcase the Museum’s collections which consist of thousands of objects, images and oral histories relating to the region.

A lecture series, seminar and public engagement programme will be used to involve the local community in the project.

Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Councillor Alex Baird, welcomed news of the award: "Fermanagh District Council is delighted by the announcement that the Heritage Gateway Project at Enniskillen Castle has received an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This support is vital and will allow us to fully develop our proposal for the Castle site. It represents a significant step towards creating a world class facility for Fermanagh to tell its unique story to visitors and locals alike."

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