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A Tranquil Escape in County Fermanagh’s Embrace

Nestled amid the stunning landscapes of County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, the picturesque village of Ederney stands as a tranquil haven, offering an authentic Irish experience. With its rich history, serene surroundings, and close-knit community, Ederney invites visitors to immerse themselves in the heart of rural Fermanagh.

A Historical Gem

Ederney has a history that dates back centuries, with traces of ancient settlements and a legacy of various communities that have called the village home. The village’s name, derived from the Irish “Eidhneach,” means “a place abounding in ivy,” hinting at its lush natural surroundings.

Lough Erne’s Serenity

One of Ederney’s most enchanting features is its proximity to Lough Erne, a vast and tranquil waterway known for its breathtaking beauty. The village offers a peaceful retreat for those seeking respite from the urban hustle and bustle. The tranquil waters provide opportunities for boating, fishing, and leisurely lakeside strolls.

Community and Culture

Despite its small size, Ederney boasts a strong sense of community and camaraderie. The locals, known for their warm hospitality, readily extend a friendly welcome to visitors. The village’s inviting atmosphere encourages travelers to engage with the community and immerse themselves in the local culture.

St. Joseph’s Church

Ederney is home to St. Joseph’s Church, an elegant place of worship known for its architecture and historical significance. The church is not only a place for spiritual reflection but also an architectural gem that contributes to the village’s charm.

Outdoor Pursuits

For those who enjoy outdoor activities, Ederney serves as an ideal base for exploring the natural beauty of County Fermanagh. The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, located nearby, offers underground adventures where visitors can explore subterranean wonders and geological marvels. Castle Archdale Country Park, situated on the shores of Lough Erne, provides walking trails, birdwatching, and the opportunity for picnics amid the peaceful countryside.

In Conclusion

Ederney, a hidden gem in County Fermanagh, captures the true essence of rural Ireland. Its rich history, serene beauty, and close-knit community make it a perfect destination for those in search of a peaceful retreat and a deep connection with nature. Whether you’re interested in exploring the surrounding countryside, immersing yourself in local culture, or simply savoring the tranquility of the village, Ederney offers an authentic Irish experience that leaves a lasting impression. It’s a place where time seems to slow down, and the beauty of nature takes center stage, inviting visitors to relax and discover the magic of rural Fermanagh.

Locally, the Ederney area has an abundance of Historical Sites including Drumskinny stone circle. Drumskinny (from Irish: Droim Scine meaning “knife ridge”) is the site of a stone circle. The historic site is easily accessed and consists of 39 stones set in a circle. The arrangement is supposed to be related to the seasons, moon and sun and the site dates from the Bronze Age.

One of the principal buildings in the village is Ederney Townhall or Ederney Market House as it was first known, was established about 1839 under the instruction Rev.Wm West and was designed by the renowned Dublin-based architect, W D Butler.

Originally, there were three bays on the ground floor which housed an open arcade. An upper floor was often used as a hall for social events as well as a school classroom. During a reconstruction in the late 1880s, the open arches were built-up and the building modernised into a two-storey three-bay building.

The main front has a single large arch flanked by small windows at the ground floor and three windows at the upper floor. There is a simple pediment with a circular plaque which now houses the village clock.

The side elevation has a single large arch at the lower level and a fine Venetian window at the upper level. In the early part of the 20th century the ground floor was still in use as a market place before being leased to Gracey’s of Enniskillen for an egg packaging depot. The upper floor was used for various uses from the late 1880s to the middle of the 1990s as a school classroom, as a theatre and entertainment venue and was the location for Ederney’s first cinema. A separate first floor room was used for meetings by the Masonic lodge.

By the late 1980s, the building had been mostly derelict for several decades. It was taken over by Fermanagh District Council and redeveloped for community use following some local lobbying.

Today it is fully operational as a village community centre accommodating for and providing facilities and services for the community.

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