Lough Erne is dumping ground for everything from broken laptops to shopping trolleys

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Roisin McCusker, Emma McGovern, Saoirse Tummon, Kayla Owens and Alanna Tummon from the Devenish Partnership Forum summer scheme, and Nicola Murray from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful look for litter along the lakes’ edge

A TEAM of little picking volunteers recently joined forces to clean up the lakeside around Enniskillen.

The volunteers were conducting the litter pick as part of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful ‘clean coast week’  in association with Coca-Cola NI.


On Wednesday July 2, local residents joined forces with volunteers from Coca-Cola HBC NI,  Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Fermanagh District Council and McDonald’s to take part in a clean up of the lough shore.

The group met at Stuarts Car Park cleaning the pathway, jetties and long grass area, before cleaning their way through the town to The Brook Play Area along the River Erne.

During the clean-up the land based team of volunteers found two wire clothes horses, plastic bottles, take away packaging, picnic debris, a dead mouse and a large piece of plastic sheeting.

However, it was the water based team from Fermanagh District Council who hauled out 2 shopping trollies, a traffic cone and a waterlogged laptop!

The Clean Coast activities continued in the afternoon with chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Cllr Bert Johnston, joining young people from Devenish Partnership Forum to take part in a clean up of the Loughview Drive area.

Overall the volunteers removed 20 bags of litter from the lakeside areas leaving them looking great for locals and tourists to enjoy.

Councillor Bert Johnston, Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, said: “It is great to see local people taking pride in the lough that surrounds their community.


“Fermanagh District Council welcomes the Clean Coast initiative and we hope to keep our loughs and lakes clean for locals and tourists alike.”

If you would like to make a difference in your area whether it be a coastal or an inland waterway you can get involved by getting in touch with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful by ringing 90 736 920 or emailing

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