Fire claims life of much loved woman

The home of Kathleen Owens who died  on Saturday night during a fire in the premises gkfh30

The home of Kathleen Owens who died on Saturday night during a fire in the premises gkfh30


THE 53-year old  woman who perished in an early morning blaze at her bungalow home on Sunday last, 24th March at Drumbinnis, Kinawley was Kathleen Owens.


She lived on her own, near the Kinawley-Killesher road and only a few hundred yards from the family home at Shanra, Kinawley where her brother Padhraic, his wife and family live. She was a much-loved sister and aunt.

A PSNI spokesman confirmed this week that Kathleen died as a result of injuries sustained following a fire at a house in the Kinawley area on Sunday last, 24th March.

He added that, while a post mortem examination would be carried, police were not treating the fire as suspicious.

The fire alarm was raised at around 11 o’clock on Sunday morning by a neighbour who noticed the blackened windows of the deceased’s bungalow, and contacted the family.

Local Sinn Fein Erne West Councillor, Barry Doherty, who resides locally, expressed his sadness at the news of her tragic death.

“The family whom I know, are very well thought of and respected in Kinawley, and I hope they take some comfort from the support of their friends and community as they attempt to come to terms with the tragedy that has come their way.”

The deceased was the youngest in a family of eight.


After attending Slieve Russell PS, Mount Lourdes Grammar School, and Fermanagh College, she was employed locally in the retail trade, in Desmond’s clothing factory in Enniskillen and, as a domestic, in the Tilery Nursing Home in Florencecourt.

This week,  Anna McHugh, the manager of the Home, speaking to the Herald on Monday, said the atmosphere in the Home was, ‘quiet and sombre’.

“She was with us for a few years. I remember her as a really kind lady, a very good worker who always had a nice word for everybody and was liked by everybody. It is really sad. The staff are very upset today.”

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