Fermanagh In Sight Fermanagh has wonderful scenery, a varied man-made landscape etched across our drumlin hills and lots of little towns, villages and hamlets dotting this beautiful landscape. Fermanagh also aspires to a vibrant tourist industry but unfortunately the information available is scanty most of the time and almost non-existent for the little towns and villages.
Now a new book will illuminate north-west Fermanagh as the first in a series of five which will eventually cover the entire county. These books will enable guests, tourists and indeed locals to spend the day or days exploring routes through this part of Fermanagh. Beautiful images and informative text leads you to where there are lots to see and do.
Historian John Cunningham and photographer, Gail McGowan have collaborated to provide such a book. Fermanagh In Sight; it has over 100 beautiful photographs illustrating the text which is a very readable historical and cultural overview of each location covered with lots of entertaining and informative anecdotes.
North West Fermanagh - Route 1, follows the road from Trory to Belleek highlighting Devenish, Ballycassidy, Killadeas, Lisnarick, Castle Archdale, White Island , Aghinver, Crevenish, Ardess, Kesh, Ederney, Lack, Boa Island , Mulleek, Letter, Muckross, Tullyhommon, Bannagh, Clonelly, Tubrid, Montiaghroe, Irvinestown, Ballinamallard, Coa, Sydare and Whitehill on the way. The route can be joined at any point.
John Cunningham is a former headmaster of St. Davog's P.S., Belleek Co., Fermanagh, who was born in Ballyshannon, Co., Donegal but has spent most of his life in Fermanagh. He has written extensively about the County Fermanagh ; its history and heritage and published over 30 books in addition to 80+ articles in journals. He has contributed to numerous radio and television programmes and lectures on most aspects of Irish history. In addition to fishing and writing he works as a tour guide all over the British Isles but especially in and around Fermanagh.
Gail McGowan's landscapes and fine art photography pieces are fast becoming collectible items. The Limited Editions are available to view and buy on www.cloonaveel.com Her work has been exhibited in Ireland and internationally. Fermanagh is a hidden treasure and it is hoped that this series of books will lead visitors and those who live in the county, to a fuller understanding and appreciation of the richness the county offers. It will be invaluable as a reference guide for those of us who live here, and is also ideal for a present for those who have visited the county or have left the area to live in another location.
This book will be launched in the Bawnacre, Irvinestown at 8 p.m. on Thursday 6 th December at 8.00 and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided.
“Fermanagh In Sight” can be purchased by contacting John Cunningham on 028 68658327 mobile: 078 55325693 or Gail McGowan on 028 66341308 mobile: 078 66554359. It can also be bought on the Internet at www.erneheritagetours.com Price £9.95 P&P £4.