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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Enniskillen

The oldest building in Enniskillen is the Maguire's stone castle that was built by Hugh the Hospitable who died in 1428.  This castle was the stronghold of a branch if Maguires.  By 1607, the castle had been seized by the English.  Considering that I am a McGuire and a Maguire, I should probably make my way to Maguire Castle someday.

Enniskillen comes from the Irish: Inis Ceithleann.  This refers to a figure of Irish mythology who may have been a goddess.  The town sits beside the River Erne in County Fermanagh.  When I read about Enniskillen, I can't help but find that it very much involves the Maguire's.  In fact, County Fermanagh is known as "Maguire's Country".

DNA testing is becoming a very popular way to trace one's genealogy.  I found a page online listing DNA results for several McGuire's McGuire Surname DNA along with Mag Uidhir Clan DNA.  I could not help but note this information here.  Maybe it will come in handy for future reference.  In fact, I may need to research DNA and genealogy so that I can understand that subject better.

Back to Enniskillen............Noted places of interest in Enniskillen are Ardhowen Theatre, Castle Coole, Enniskillen Collegiate Grammer School, Cole's Monument, Enniskillen Castle (Maguire's), St. Macartin's Cathedral, and several other locations.  I have found that until you visit a location in Ireland, you don't get the whole story.  I suppose that's the way it is anywhere.  I definitely want to visit this place.  How could a Maguire or McGuire pass it by?!

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