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Enniskillen Castle set to receive a £2.37m makeover

By Nevin Farrell

One of Northern Ireland's most strategically important old castles is to be transformed into a world class heritage attraction, with help from a £2.37 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Historic buildings within the Enniskillen Castle complex are to be restored and refurbished and a new visitor centre will be built to replace the derelict building currently at the entrance to the site.

The result will be a major exhibition and museum which will tell the extraordinary and often blood-drenched story of the castle and of the unique heritage and landscape of Co Fermanagh. The castle was of strategic importance in the past as it guards the crossing point between Upper and Lower Lough Erne - one of the few passes into Ulster. It was built by the Maguire chieftains 600 years ago and was fought over many times in the 16th and 17th Centuries.

Sarah McHugh, manager of museum services at Fermanagh County Museum, said: "We're thrilled to have been given this funding. The Castle complex will become a great magnet for visitors."

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