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, […]

Council prepares to strike the rate

RATEPAYERS will find out if rates are to be increased with the Council set to decide the new figures. A special Council meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, February 9 to discuss the new district rate for residents and businesses for the forthcoming financial year of 2023/24. Rates are a property tax paid on domestic […]

Family pays tribute to local historian Murphy

THE family of local historian, Gabriel Murphy, has paid tribute to him following his death. Gabriel, who passed away aged 93 earlier this month, had a keen interest in the history of Fermanagh – especially with his research into the past of Enniskillen Workhouse. Born in Queen Street, Enniskillen in 1929 to Bridget and Frank […]

Ardhowen workshops bringing opera to schoolkids

SCHOOLCHILDREN in the county could be a future tenor or soprano hitting the high notes on stage as the Ulster Youth Opera Company rolls into Enniskillen. The Ardhowen Theatre will be hosting a number of workshops – run by Ulster Opera – for kids between January 17 to 25 and February 7 to 16. Children will be […]

Energy bill support needed for Fermanagh businesses

FERMANAGH businesses are bracing themselves for yet another squeeze on their wallets. The UK government will be scaling back support for businesses with energy bills after warning that it was too expensive to keep the scheme going. Businesses in receipt of this support across Fermanagh, the North and Britain will now be looking at their budgets […]