Schools continue to face significant disruption

SCHOOLS across Fermanagh have continued to face significant disruption due to the serious impact that the recent Omicron Variant has had. Concerns first arose when schools reopened just last week while local infections rates continued to surge. Since then, the return to school has been described as somewhat difficult due to a large number of […]

Lisnaskea community champion helps Housing Executive celebrate 50th

 LISNASKEA woman won the Housing Executive’s Rural Community Champion Award 2020, is helping the social housing organisation celebrate its 50th year. The popular and much-loved Kathleen Breen is one of a number of contributors taking part in a series of special video interviews with tenants and organisations engaged in important work at grass-roots level. Kathleen, from […]

‘Major hole’ left following Monsoon closure

THE unexpected closure of Erneside’s popular ‘Monsoon’ clothes store has left local employees in a state of shock. The Herald can reveal that full-time and part-time staff members were only notified about the decision by management yesterday morning (Tuesday) with only four weeks notice until the long-standing fashion branch in Enniskillen is expected to shut-up-shop for good on February, […]

Omicron-related staff absence is predicted to create havoc across NHS

OMICRON-related staff absence could impact the Fermanagh’s health and social care system over the coming weeks according to medical directors. The startling impact of the Omicron variant seen Fermanagh Covid cases jump significantly this week. In the seven days between December 10 to 16, positive cases in the Fermanagh and Omagh area were at 744, […]

‘Don’t delay any further, get Covid booster now’ urges health expert

“Don’t wait any longer for your booster,” the head of Northern Ireland’s vaccination programme has urged. Patricia Donnelly said people can get their all-important booster doses at a number of vaccination clinics running this week. She also emphasised that vaccine first doses for everyone aged 12 and over continue to be available at Health Trust […]

McCuskers light up the skies in support of Air Ambulance

DAVID and his wife Joanne McCusker, are yet again keeping up with their famous winter wonderland tradition this festive season with over 20,000 lights on display around their family home, with an aim this year to raise essential and life-saving funds for Air Ambulance NI. Last year, the McCusker family from Lisbellaw received an “overwhelming” response […]

Festive babies arrive at SWAH

THIS festive season brought the most precious gift of all to a number of Fermanagh families welcomed new arrivals into the world over recent days. On Christmas Day, staff at the South West Acute Hospital welcomed baby boy Melarkey who was born at 4:35am weighing 6lbs 14z. He was delivered by Practice Development Midwife, Aoibhean […]

Public urged to use Covid-19 testing only when needed

THE Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging members of the public to only book PCR tests when necessary. The call comes as record numbers of people have been tested this week with over 21,000 tests were done on Monday 27 December. The agency has also put in place new PCR testing protocols to help protect […]

Communities in mourning as accident claims three young lives

COMMUNITIES across the Fermanagh and Tyrone border areas have been left heartbroken following the tragic death of three young men who died as a result of a road collision on the main A5 at Garvaghey on Monday. Peter Finnegan from Clogher who lost his life as a result of the accident played a key role in the success […]