Halloween fireworks goes up in smoke


THIS year’s Halloween celebrations will not be going off with a bang after the Council cancelled Monday’s fireworks night. Finances and an ‘awareness of the cost of living crisis’ have been cited as factors for extinguishing the event’s fuse just days before it was set to take place. The last time Enniskillen’s skyline was lit […]


A ‘spooktacular’ time in store for Halloween


HALLOWEEN night is set to light up the sky and bring out all of Enniskillen’s ghosts and ghouls. The spooktacular occasion will see the Council lay on a grand fireworks display at the Broadmeadow with Omagh staging a similar event at the OASIS Plaza With both events starting at 6pm on Monday, October 31 – Halloween […]


Pondweed could destroy Lough Erne tourism


An invasive species could deal a severe blow to Fermanagh’s tourist economy. The warning comes after a study from the National Diversity Data Centre in the Irish Republic found the widespread growth of Nuttall’s Pondweed throughout the North. Lough Erne is one of the lakes that has seen the weed – native to North America […]


Striker Lafferty gets 10-game ban for sectarian remark


NORTHERN Ireland star, Kyle Lafferty, has been slapped with a 10-game ban after being filmed making a sectarian comment. The Enniskillen-born striker who currently plays for Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock was given the ban by the Scottish Football Association (SFA) when footage emerged of Lafferty making the comment after being asked to pose for […]


Fears SWAH may be downgraded


THERE are fears the South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) could be downgraded to a “glorified clinic” after the Western Trust warned the hospital’s ever-shrinking acute surgery workforce was approaching unsafe levels. It had been expected that the acute surgery service, also known as emergency surgery, would be withdrawn this week, which would result in Fermanagh […]


Mortgage rates could rise for home owners


FERMANAGH home owners on a soon-to-end fixed rate mortgage can expect a significant increase in repayments, a local broker has warned. Enniskillen-based mortgage broker, Vincent Donegan, said anyone coming off a fixed rate would see a big change, with many due to see their interest rates rise by around 3.5 per cent. With regard new […]


SWAH surgery future in the balance


GENERAL surgery will continue at the South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) but the Western Trust have warned that consultant surgeons need to be recruited in order to safeguard the long-term future of the service. Speculation has mounted in recent weeks that the SWAH would lose all emergency surgery facilities with the nightmare scenario of patients […]


Students praised for achieving in the face of adversity


ERNE Integrated College Principal, Jimmy Jackson-Ware, has commended both students and staff for achieving in the face of adversity. The principal was speaking at the College’s “Celebration of Student Achievement” – the first they have been able to stage since 2019. Like many schools, Erne Integrated College had to adapt and adjust in order to deliver […]


Homes lose power as pole in Coonian catches fire


RESIDENTS living in the area between Coonian and Roslea had their power supply knocked out following an electric pole catching fire. Flames were seen coming from the pole on the Grogey Road between Fivemiletown and Moan’s Cross around 7.30am on Tuesday, October 11. The Fire Brigade arrived close to 45 minutes later with the Electricity Board […]


BT employees having to use foodbanks


Veteran Fermanagh Trade Union activist, Jim Quinn, has warned the BT Group that striking workers will not be joining them in a race to the bottom. Workers at BT’s Broadmeadow Place centre in Enniskillen have gone out on strike seeking improvements to both pay and conditions. Quinn, who is part of the Fermanagh TUC umbrella […]