Celebration planned for trad legend Dinie


THE achievements of one of Fermanagh’s most well known traditional musicians are set to be honoured at a special celebration at the upcoming Ulster Fleadh. On Thursday, 20 July, at the Dromore Sports Complex, some of the top Irish trad musicians and talents from across the North will take part in a celebration night for […]


Guitarist Lee is ready for the ‘Hooley on the Pitch’


Lee Jones is a guitarist with the Tumbling Paddies who are set to perform at the opening night of the ‘Hooley on the Pitch’ festival at the Derrygonnelly Harps GFC grounds on Friday. He also plays Gaelic football for the Harps. What is your greatest strength? Never giving up. What is your greatest weakness? Time […]


Council hosts trial for pothole repair machine


THE Fermanagh and Omagh District Council recently facilitated a demonstration of a JCB Pothole Pro machine which is capable of repairing holes on the roads in ‘eight minutes’. In conjunction with the Department for Infrastructure Roads, which is responsible for roads maintenance, the dealer, Dennison JCB, demonstrated the JCB Pothole Pro machine on the roads […]


Mooo over… Highland heifers taking social media by storm


ROAMING around the hills of Belcoo, overlooking the splendid Lough MacNean, are two award-winning Meenawargy Highland heifers, named ‘Connie’ and ‘Kirsty’. Purchased in Oban last year by Adrian Gallagher, the pure bred Highlands have risen to social media stardom, following the creation of their own Instagram page, which was the brainwave of his daughter, Caitlin. […]


DUBAI CALLING… The Tumbling Paddies are set to head to Dubai this weekend

10,000 German fans enjoy the Paddies show


THE Tumbling Paddies recently performed to 10,000 fans at the hugely popular Irish Folk Festival in Germany. Held at Poyenberg, in the district of Steinberg, the Fermanagh band was the headline act at what guitarist Lee Jones described as ‘one of the biggest venues we’re ever played at’. “It was massive,” said the Derrygonnelly man, […]


Local traditional talents get set for Ulster Fleadh


A NUMBER of Fermanagh’s top Irish traditional talents are preparing to perform at the upcoming Ulster Fleadh, which is set to take place in Dromore next month. For eight days, from July 16 to July 23, the Tyrone village is set to be a hub of activity as Irish traditional music fans from across the […]


Empire calling for Garrity


FIVE years after he first strummed his guitar on the streets of Belfast, John Garrity has established himself as one of the leading lights on the local music scene. Commonly known as the ‘Belfast Busker’, the Enniskillen singer is set to return to the Empire Music Hall in Belfast for a major sell-out show on […]


New book identifies border struggles and issues


A LARGE crowd turned out to the Monaghan Country Library in Clones recently for the launch of a new book titled ‘Our Shared Way of Life’. The publication, which contains 40 interviews, which were carried out by Denzil McDaniel, is aiming to identify the key struggles and issues of people living on both the North […]


McKenna signs new contract at Ipswich Town


DESPITE speculation linking him with various managerial, posts including the Celtic hotseat, Kieran McKenna has agreed a new four-year contract at Ipswich Town. Speaking to the official Tractor Boys website, the Coa man said he was ‘proud’ to be able to stay on at the club and lead them into Sky Bet Championship. “I’ve loved […]


Derrygonnelly’s Rachel to release debut album


DERRYGONNELLY singer Rachel McConnell is preparing to launch her first debut album next Thursday at Mahon’s Hotel in Irvinestown. On Thursday, June 22, the Country music rising star is set to take centre stage in the Delaney Suite, for the launch of her new album, ‘Right in the Middle’. She’s looking forward to the night. […]