Thursday Doors – Enniskillen 6

If you’ve been following my blog over the last couple of weeks, you can guess where this Thursday Doors post is coming from. Enniskillen, of course, and red doors to start with.

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I’ve been saving these particular photos for this week’s post as they have a relevance to Remembrance Day, commemorated annually to mark Armistice Day which ended the First World War at 11am on the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918. This year is extra special, being the centenary of such a significant day in history but for the town of Enniskillen there is another tragic event forever linked to Remembrance Day.

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On Remembrance Sunday in 1987, crowds made their way to the memorial in the centre of Enniskillen to pay their respects to the war dead. At 10.43am, a bomb exploded killing eleven and wounding 68. I remember how sickened I was by it at the time but I won’t go into the politics of it here. If you would like to read up on this tragic event I’ve put a link at the end of this post. I felt it appropriate to use a black and white image of the photo I took of this poignant memorial, which commemorates the residents of Enniskillen who were killed or missing in World War I and World War II. There are also eleven doves on the memorial, in remembrance of the victims of the bombing during the ceremony on Remembrance Sunday, on 8 November 1987.

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My friend and I sat for a while in this little park and found a cairn which had been built by young people of the town as a symbol of unity and solidarity. On a surprise visit to Enniskillen, Princess Diana laid the last stone on the Peace Cairn.

Connected to the park is the East Bridge with its lovely old arches.

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I’ll leave you with a view of the blue skies and golden foliage that bade us farewell as we left town on a beautiful autumn day. Next week will be my last post from Enniskillen, for a while at least – there is still a castle and museum to explore.

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Thanks so much for taking a trip around this lovely town with me. If you would like to see some more Thursday Doors from various parts of the world, have a look at Norm’s blog where you’ll find a ‘blue frog’ link that will take you to them.

From the BBC history archives Enniskillen Bombing 1987

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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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32 Responses to Thursday Doors – Enniskillen 6

  1. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos of doors and more. I’ve never heard of a memorial that added pigeons intentionally, but I like the symbolism. And as always I’m going to say that I like the red doors, I’m a sucker for them. So predictable.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    These are lovely photos, Jean.

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  3. Norm 2.0 says:

    Lovely red doors Jean and that peace cairn does leave a hopeful positive feeling for the future there 🙂

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  4. Junieper/Jesh stG says:

    Love it when bloggers write and show places not on tourist’s information! You had quite some time ofeexploration in Enniskillen! LIke that the ones who were killed by that bomb were commemorated in this way, with the symbols of peace! Grievous when people are missing, since there is no closure.

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  5. slfinnell says:

    Love the black and white version of the memorial. So appropriate!

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  6. sjhigbee says:

    Wonderful post, Jean. I recall the bombing very clearly…

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  7. JT Twissel says:

    What a wonderful peace cairn. I remember hearing about the bombing. Horrible.

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  9. Lovely red doors, Jean. How sad about the bombing! I will never understand people that would do such a thing.

    janet

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  10. Jennie says:

    Wonderful, Jean. I love how you have included Remembrance Day and the last stone layer by Princess Diana. Red doors are the best!

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  11. Beautiful red doors and cairn. The addition of the eleven doves is very symbolic. I read the story, and it’s sad that the names and locations may have changed, but the world hasn’t learned a lot about tolerance. Nice post that reminds us never to forget.

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  12. sydspix says:

    The park image looked like a painting! Enjoyed the blog as usual.

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  13. Nature sure paints a pretty picture in autumn.

    Like

  14. inesephoto says:

    Beautiful picture of the river!
    It makes me sad that Diana is gone, and there is still not much peace.

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  15. Thanks for sharing, Jean. One of the most haunting documentary films I’d ever seen when I worked internationally in public television was on the bombing of Enniskillen, as told by survivors. Each person told a little bit of the story, adding what they heard or saw of experienced, creating a powerful reliving of this painful event.

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  16. I love the photo of the river! ❤ So moody.

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