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.