Last September, Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP), in collaboration with archaeologists from the Centre for Community Archaeology (CCA) at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), embarked on a community archaeology excavation at Lisdoo, Lisnaskea.

This was part of the LELP project entitled ‘People, Place, Power and Pageantry: Exploring Fermanagh in the time of the Maguires’.

Previous work at Lisdoo back in the 1970s highlighted that this ringfort was certainly an important place.

Next Monday, April 17, at the Castle Park Centre, Lisnaskea, Ruairi O’Baoill (of CCA, QUB) will be presenting his analysis of the site and findings from last September’s excavation.

“This will be an insightful and interesting talk, amplifying our understanding of the monument and its part in the Lisnaskea Maguire story,” said a LELP spokesperson.

They added: “The site and focus of the excavation was a large ringfort, a defended enclosure, which is thought may have been the main residence of the Maguire lords before they moved to where the early 17th Century Castle Balfour was later built.”

This is a free event, but registration is necessary via Eventbrite.

“Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for supporting this project, the local landowner of the site, and the assistance of the Department of Communities, Historic Environment Division and Lisnaskea Historical Society,” added the LELP spokesperson.