Lisnaskea is the second town of the County of Fermanagh in Northern Ireland with a population of 2,500.
A Corn and Potato Market was established in the centre of the town by the 3rd Earl of Erne in 1841 and this Celtic cross – the “Adam and Eve Cross” on a much older pedestal (the “Barter Stone”) – was placed in the market square.
The town motto ‘Live and Let Live’ is carved into the central pediment, an Adam and Eve fresco on the road side face (difficult to see in the attached picture one due my having to take this picture into the sun) and thirty two circular bosses on the opposite face (picture two).
The original homes of cross and pedestal are unknown though the cross is likely to have come from an early (estimated 10th century) church site in the Lisnaskea area – possibly Galloan or Inishroosk and the base is said to have “been dug up from somewhere near the town”.
Tradition has it that the Cross and Barter Stone was a place where deals were made and oaths were sworn, where merchants clinched deals and lovers swore oaths of everlasting love and loyalty.
The placing of the cross in the market square was a quite deliberate act by the Earl of Erne to promote trade here.
Pop in for a look if passing through. The town itself also has a few decent pubs, if that is more your style.
Address: Main Street, Lisnaskea
This blog entry is one of a group (loop) of entries based on many trips to Enniskillen. I suggest you continue with my next entry – Florence Court House and Gardens – or to start the loop at the beginning go to my introductory entry – “Fare thee well Enniskillen, ………..”