Thursday Doors – Enniskillen 5

This week’s Thursday Doors is all about arts and crafts, alive and well in Enniskillen’s Buttermarket.


When it opened in 1835 for the trading of local dairy produce, the Buttermarket served the community well. As one of the oldest buildings in the town, it was a place I definitely wanted to look around. In the 1980’s it was about to become a car park when the Fermanagh District Council purchased it, recognizing the need to preserve it, thank goodness. It was tastefully restored to it’s former glory, having been used as a builders’ yard up until then. In the central area, where carts and stalls once stood, there now stands a craft and coffee shop and I can recommend the food – delicious.


Once it was fully restored, the Buttermarket was opened to the public in June of 1991 as a craft and design centre for the town. Twenty seven years on, it is still providing workshops where visitors can watch skilled people at work and purchase their crafts.

It really is an oasis of creativity right in the heart of the town. There was an art exhibition by local students the weekend we were there, along with a festival providing lots of fun activities for children (and young at heart adults) to participate in.

The standard was excellent. It’s wonderful to see so much support and encouragement provided by a town for the arts. An outdoor play was just about to start as we were leaving but we had run out of time and sadly missed out on that.



Well, I hope you haven’t grown tired of Enniskillen yet, as I have a couple more weeks of posts left to do on this town. Thanks for taking the tour and if you are ever in the area, it’s well worth a visit. Meanwhile there are lots of Thursday Doors to be seen over on Norm’s blog. Enjoy.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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38 Responses to Thursday Doors – Enniskillen 5

  1. Dan Antion says:

    How could anyone suggest turning something with โ€œbutterโ€ in its name into s car park? I am so glad they preserved this. I wonโ€™t grow tired of this place, Jean.

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    • I can’t imagine why such a lovely old place would ever be considered suitable for a car park, either, Dan. Maybe back in the 80’s and 90’s the value of heritage structures wasn’t so widely appreciated.


  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    That is sooo cool! It’s encouraging to see that someone had the good sense to recognize the potential value of this place as something more than a spot to park cars.
    I can imagine it on a nice day, bustling with locals and hopefully lots of tourists too.
    Great post Jean ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I agree with Dan and Norm. What a joy that not only was it kept but that it was redone so very well. Lovely place all around and an excellent find. It even has a red phone booth for Dr. Who or Superman if he’s visiting. ๐Ÿ™‚


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  4. Dymoon says:

    the sculptures got big smiles, waves good day!

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  5. JT Twissel says:

    How can anyone be tired of Enniskillen!

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  6. Junieper/Jesh stG says:

    Interesting title: butter market โ€“ there must be some history behind there. Wow, much artistic talent of students is shown! Am surprized that I see so much realistic art โ€“ although the students were painting to fulfill a certain subject โ€ฆ I understand:)

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    • A lot of large towns in Ireland had butternarkets in the past, Jesh. One in Cork city is now a butter museum, but others are often used for farmers/craft markets.


      • jorgekafkazar says:

        Trying to wrap my mind around a butter museum. Imaginging dozens of ancient sticks of butter (and an occasional pat of margarine) set on pedestals in a large, airy room…

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        • Lol, that’s an amusing image, alright. There are ancient wooden caskets of butter on display that have been dug up in the bogs while people cut turf for their fires. It was a way of preserving butter through the warm summer weather. I guess some people forgot where they had buried their hoard. I think the margarine would be considered sacrilegious in such a setting ๐Ÿ˜‰


  7. sjhigbee says:

    Noโ€ฆ Iโ€™m not remotely tired of seeing more of these delightful photos โ€“ thank you for sharing:))

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  8. Jennie says:

    This was terrific, Jean!

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  9. inesephoto says:

    Sorry it took me so long. After such a long break it is difficult to catch up. Hope all is well.
    Delighted the place has been preserved.

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  10. Wonderful doors including the one that looks like an old phone booth. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Rowena says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these photos with me. Really enjoyed it. It’s just shocking to think how many precious heritage places have been leveled to make way for car parks. it reminds me of that song which says “they paved paradise, and put in a parking lot”. My mother loves her butter so knocking down a buttery would be destroying paradise from her point of view.
    Best wishes,


  12. What a lovely area. I, too, really like the giraffe with its hat.

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  13. A lot of work must have gone into that giraffe, it was as tall as myself.


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  15. Don’t mind me sneaking in here late for a peek; Jean, you seem to always find the greatest marketplaces!


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