Author - John B. Cunningham
The River Erne and its associated lakes and tributary rivers have a catchment area of over a million acres. This is the third biggest river system in Ireland after the River Shannon and that of the Three Sisters; the Barrow, Nore and Suir in the south-east of the country. The Erne catchment begins almost as far east as Carrickmacross in County Monaghan.
Everybody who have been anybody in Irish history have passed up and down Lough Erne from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages through the erly chritian missionaries, the Vikings, the Normans, the great Medieval Irish chieftains such as O'Donnell, O'Neill and Maguire and the Planters of the 17th century. People engaged in religion, in war and in trade have used the Erne down to relatively close to our present time when roads took over from our waterways. It therefore takes a bit of a mind shift for us today to think of the Erne as a communications artery rather than a barrier. It has only appeared a barrier in local eyes for less than 150 years. Some monasteries were built in out of the way places but those on island in the River Erne or its lakes, or built along its shores, obviously wished to be at the heart of the communities of their time.
This 80 page A5 book has 35 photographs and five maps and is fully indexed. Available from the author:- The book costs £10 GBP plus £3 P&P.