The Spiritual Trail will uncover and promote an unique and vast spiritual heritage located throughout Lough Erne with the aim of creating awareness, understanding, public access and digital visitor experiences.
This LELP project has further led to the initiation of a larger 350 km spiritual trail heritage programme by Waterways Ireland and 13 county representatives under the Leader Cooperation programme, thus extending the trail from the Erne Waterway in County Fermanagh, northwards to Co Donegal and southwards along the Shannon-Erne and Shannon Navigation to the Shannon estuary in Co Kerry.
For the visitor, the prospect of experiencing an ancient Spiritual Trail along the inland waterways throughout the island of Ireland makes it a truly unique heritage offering in Europe, with Heritage Lottery Funding central to realising this vision for Lough Erne.
Waterways Ireland in partnership with the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership, will be hosting a community outreach event on Monday 27th January 2020 between 1-8pm at Waterways Ireland HQ, 2 Sligo Road, Enniskillen, BT74 7JY. On this date the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis at Queen’s University Belfast will provide an opportunity for the public to engage with their local history by sharing tales and folklore, as well as their memories and stories concerning selected spiritual sites around Lough Erne. Attendees are encouraged to drop in and share their memorabilia and photographs of these sites, along with any stories or folktales they may know.
Waterways Ireland in partnership with the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership, are seeking to collect and collate oral histories and heritage of key sites found on the shores of Lough Erne. We are pleased to have received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Department for Communities Historic Environment Division to explore and develop our Lough Erne Spiritual Trail. Eleven significant spiritual and/or ecclesiastical sites have been selected to establish their trail of hallowed history. These sites include Devenish Island, White Island (North), Davy’s Island, Inishmacsaint, Caldragh (Boa Island), Cleenish, St. Ronan’s Aghalurcher, Galloon, Killadeas, Derryvullen and Tievealough. An integral objective of this project is to research and safeguard local stories and folklore connected to these sites; stories that only locals would know.