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Today is 31th July 2016.
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Wikishire is where you may find the best of Britain and Ireland.

Wikishire is where you are; whether you are on the Shetland islands or the South Shetland Islands, or the places between, Wikishire is a growing guide on all you need to know about the British and Irish lands.

Tell the world what you love about your home. Each shire, from Kent to Kerry is here, with ever-growing detail; if your town or village is not in Wikishire, or if something important is missed out, then log on, then -

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To begin, you can peruse the list of counties of the UK or Republic of Ireland, or even go directly to a random page! To accompany the encyclopædia we also have an interactive map of the counties of the British Isles.

Today's featured image is:

Enniskillen Castle and the River Erne, Fermanagh


Enniskillen is the county town of Fermanagh. It is almost exactly in the centre of the county between the Upper Lough Erne and Lower Lough Erne. The historic centre of the town, the location of Enniskillen Castle, is on an island between two streams of the River Erne.

The town is a centre for boating and watersports, due to its place by Lough Erne.

The oldest building in Enniskillen is the Maguire's stone castle, built by Hugh the Hospitable who died in 1428. The castle was the stronghold of the junior branch of the Maguires and the first water-gate was built around 1580 by Cú Chonnacht Maguire. In the Plantation of Ulster settlers arrived in large numbers. The Maguires were replaced by a Devonshire man, William Cole, appointed by King James I to build a settlement at Enniskillen. Cole strengthened the castle's wall and built a "fair house" on the old foundation as the centrepoint of the county town. (Read more)

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A wiki is a collaborative website with certain standard functions allowing easy editing of pages by anyone. At Wikishire, you may log on and start work right away.

Few things stay still for long, and here you can keep updating or improving the articles. A wiki is a constant work in progress.