Concerns over ‘finality’ of SWAH consultation

THERE is concern over the apparent finality of the consultation on the removal of emergency general surgery (EGS) from the SWAH, after it emerged the Western Trust now deemed the process to be completed. A Freedom of Information disclosure to local campaign group Save Our Acute Services (SOAS) has revealed Trust chief executive, Neil Guckian, wrote […]

Alistair bounces back to help Ireland to sheepdog title

PETTIGO sheepdog trialist, Alistair Lyttle, bounced back from disappointment to help Ireland become World Champions. Alistair was part of the Irish team competing at the World Sheepdog Trials Championships at the Gill Hall Estate, Dromore in Co. Down. Having been highly tipped to win the individual title, the 48-year-old who has been sheepdog trailing since the […]

Belcoo GAA embarking on big project

THE Belcoo O’Rahilly’s GAA club has confirmed its applied for planning permission to build a new facility and grounds which will be an ‘excellent addition to the community’. Based on 62 Lattone Road in Belcoo, the club provides a place where children of all ages, and adults, can play Gaelic Games in a safe environment. […]

Gerry was ‘the heart and soul of the parish’

THE haunting skirl of bagpipe lament broke the cemetery hush as one of the Teemore area’s best known, and certainly most popular, personalities was bourne to the graveside. For Gerry McManus, so aptly described by former Teemore Curate, Fr. Maurice McMorrow PP, as “the heart and soul of the parish”, was, as he continued “surreal, […]

SWAH shop hours leave in-patients stranded

THE opening hours of the convenience shop at the South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) has caused a storm on social media. A thread on the popular Enniskillen Banter Facebook page highlighted the fact that the shop is closed at the weekends to the annoyance of in-patients and visitors. “Having the misfortune of having a stay in […]

No ‘bah humbug’ from Councillors full of Xmas cheer

COUNCILLORS have warmly welcomed the planned programme of Christmas events and festive lighting across the borough this December with one councillor joking “Maybe we’ll not be called Scrooges this year.” Director of Community and Wellbeing, John Boyle, told councillors that festive lighting the two main towns of Enniskillen and Omagh is supported through the Council by a […]

Knife man told prison awaits if there’s a next time

A KESH man caught with a blade has escaped prison but was warned that his “liberty will be at risk” if he’s up before Court again. Dannan Hamilton, 20, of Fortview Park, Kesh, pleaded guilty at Enniskillen Magistrates Court to possessing an article with a blade, possession of a class B drug (Cannabis) and possession […]

Ex-circus strongman on trial for sexual abuse charge

A FORMER circus strongman has gone on trial for historic sexual abuse charges relating to a female child he would allegedly lure to his home. David Edward Parkinson (80), now of University Street in Belfast but previously from County Fermanagh, faces 12 charges between 1976 and 1983, which include two counts of rape as well […]

Bail denied for hotel brawler

AN Irvinestown man involved in a brawl in an Omagh hotel has been denied bail. Alexander Cassells, 34 – who while was mentioned in Court as being from Irvinestown but with an address at Hillcrest, Aughnacloy –appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court. Police told the Court that on September 23 at 11.05am, a 999 call was […]

Public meeting is called on returning rail to Fermanagh

THE FERMANAGH public has been urged to have their voices heard on returning the railways to the county. A public consultation has been in place this month but the deadline for responses and comments is close to midnight tonight (Friday, September 29). There has been outrage since the publication of the proposed plan to bring […]