Army History

Inniskillings Museum: 50 Years Of Documenting One Of Ireland's Oldest Regiments

The museum, in Enniskillen Castle in Northern Ireland, attracts thousands of visitors each year.

The Inniskillings Museum, which charts the history of one of Ireland's oldest regiments, has celebrated its 50th anniversary.

It opened its doors at Enniskillen Castle in 1969, a year after the Inniskillings were amalgamated into the Royal Irish Rangers. 

The regiment played vital roles in the Battle of Waterloo, Gallipoli and the North African campaign during the Second World War, and the museum has a treasure trove of exhibits which bring the tales of heroism to life.

While the museum is a window to the past, it is also looking ahead to the future.
While the museum is a window to the past, it is also looking ahead to the future.

Many of the veterans who served in the Inniskillings came back to attend the celebration.

A service record of regiment members from the 1830s was donated to the museum as part of the commemorations.

While the museum is a window to the past, it is also looking ahead to the future.

Many of the visitors go there to trace their family roots to the area, and the museum is working with Queen’s University Belfast to digitise its records.

Many of the veterans who served in the Inniskillings came back to attend the celebration.
Many of the veterans who served in the Inniskillings came back to attend the celebration.

Frank Roofe, Chairman of Fermanagh Genealogy, said: "This is a treasure for the people here, the people who were involved in the actual records department here within the Enniskillen Fusiliers regimental museum.

"Some of the information that's in here has never ever been seen before, and they will make brilliant use of it here."

While the Inniskillings may not have been around for the last five decades, this museum has made sure the proud history lives on, and has plans for future expansion.