Switch on… Get walking at Belnaleck GAC ground


GAA clubs around Fermanagh and Ireland are lighting up the country to get people walking. The Ireland Lights Up initiative has had clubs nationwide these past few weeks turning on their floodlights and open their walking tracks to enable their local communities to come together to walk and talk in a safe environment during the long […]


Knowing your limits can keep swimmers healthy


OPEN-WATER swimmers in Fermanagh have been warned to take care after a recent study found a link to the sport with a dangerous medical condition. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) have published a report that outlines the risks of swimming-induced pulmonary oedema (SIPE) to swimming outdoors. SIPE leads to fluid accumulation in the lungs resulting in […]


Make Broadmeadow an entertainment hub and move Forum


THE Lakeland Forum should be knocked down and moved elsewhere is the verdict of a prominent Fermanagh business figure. Terry McCartney, who owns the Belmore Court & Motel in Enniskillen and is also a board member of Tourism NI, insists that by re-locating the leisure centre to another part of town, the Broadmeadow could be […]


Nurses fight for pay rise in line with inflation


FERMANAGH’S nurses continued their strike action last Thursday to demand for better pay and working conditions. The one-day dispute took place across the county and the rest of the North with nursing staff protesting for a wage. A pay rise had been offered but unions insist the offer was effectively a pay cut as it […]


Sympathies paid following death in Enniskillen fire


TRIBUTES have been paid to a woman in her 70s who died in a house fire in Enniskillen. Marie McKeating of Killynure Crescent, was remembered for her ‘quick wit’ and ‘a welcoming neighbour’ during her Requiem Mass in St Michael’s Church, Enniskillen yesterday. Mourners heard Monsignor Peter O’Reilly say that she would also be remembered […]


McAlinden a Sheriff for all


FERMANAGH’S new High Sheriff says she hopes to enhance the county’s arts and culture scene. Noelle McAlinden was last week appointed to the role – which she described as being “very humbling”. The role itself involves being Fermanagh’s representative should any heads of state or members of the Royal Family visit the county. However, Noelle – […]


Focus needed to help resolve Troubles Legacy issues


A FERMANAGH MLA has insisted that a resolution must be found to move on from Troubles legacy. Tom Elliott stated that the “major flaws” of the Stormont House Agreement (SHA) must lead to it being rejected by all parties. The SHA was signed on 2014 with one of its proposals was the creation of a […]


Readers tell Herald their woes and joys with the snow


THE snow may be gone and temperatures on the rise, but when the cold and frost hit Fermanagh last week, it brought with it the usual chaos – and joy – to the county. Snow, slush, ice and frost unleashed frustration for drivers struggling to get up hills, pedestrians looking to not slip on the […]


Elliott welcomes Forum £20 million levelling up fund


THE LAKELAND Forum’s redevelopment has been handed a massive boost with millions to be poured in by the Government. As part of the UK Government’s ‘levelling up’ programme, 10 projects – including the Enniskillen-based leisure centre – will be getting a share of a £71 million pot. The Lakeland Forum’s cut is believed to be more than […]


SWAH ‘consolation prize’ blasted as ‘disgraceful’


THE new elective surgery unit for overnight patients at the South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) has been blasted as a “disgraceful consolation prize”. Announced by the Western Trust, the new unit has its first patients this week in a move to help the Health Service in the North reduce waiting lists for surgical procedures. However, […]