Calling all Maguires, and other famous Fermanagh families such as the McManuses, McHughs, McAuleys, Cassidys, Lunneys, Keenans, Gilleeces – and many more!

Enniskillen Castle: Fermanagh County Museum, in conjunction with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Fermanagh and Omagh Gaeilge, is welcoming all those with an interest in Fermanagh’s Medieval history to immerse themselves in the unique story of the region’s islands, loughs and landscapes.

The Maguire History Gathering is a two-day festival of tours, talks, field trips (have wellies at the ready) and social meet-ups taking place from May 11 to 12, with its sister festival, Éigse na hÉirne, from May 12-14, exploring the Annals of Ulster.

Begin on Thursday with a tour of Hugh ‘The Hospitable’ Maguire’s Enniskillen Castle, stronghold of the ruling chieftains, then take the boat to the beautiful Devenish Island – the Maguire burial place and a 6th Century Monastic site with a 12th Century round tower.

On the Friday, travel to Sgiath Gabhra, the inauguration site of the Maguire Kings; discover the fascinating history of the five unique Maguire Chalices; and get tips and tools for researching your ancestry.

Enjoy Friday evening’s social gathering with a talk centred on life in Medieval Fermanagh linking the two festivals with the end of the Maguire History Gathering and the beginning of Éigse na hÉirne.

Tickets for what promises to be a great festival can be booked via the Enniskillen Castle website.