Welcome to the new normal


    WITH the coronavirus lockdown easing last week Fermanagh saw its business trade getting back to some sort of normality.   ‘Operation Restart’ is being welcomed by everyone even though things are much different from when lockdown first began in mid March. Businesses across the county have been gearing themselves up for the re-opening […]


Sharpshooter Smyth hopeful for 2020 chances


A mind-blowing individual tally of 12-88 in all competitions last year identified Eimear Smyth as one of the top sharp-shooters of the ladies game and now the Erne star is eagerly looking forward to a return to the pitch. Last week the LGFA confirmed the formats for the 2020 All-Ireland series had been decided with […]


‘We will be guided by national decisions’ – Flanagan


  Last week, the Irish Government signed off an amendment that would see contact training brought forward to the 29th June, three weeks earlier than what was planned in the ‘Safe Return to Gaelic Games’ roadmap that was set out two weeks ago. This was a very significant movement by the GAA as potentially it […]


Higgins shows his class on the fairway


After three months without competitive golf, last weekend saw the start of competition golf at Enniskillen Golf Club. As was to be expected in near perfect golfing conditions, scoring was excellent with youthful Chris Higgins throwing down the gauntlet to the other young pretenders by picking up the first win of the year. Seven handicapper […]


Thompson is at the top of her game


  Maguiresbridge woman Louise Thompson was always mad about football. But when a serious knee injury ended her career with Fermanagh Mallards the 31 year old turned in a different direction and took up refereeing. Now she is the IFA’s first-ever female FIFA referee having been selected for the 2020 FIFA list. It’s not the […]


Death of popular Derrylin woman


DESCRIBED by family and friends as ‘a loving presence, a lovely lady’, the death of Philomena O’Rourke a former all-Ireland dancing winner, has been greeted with much sadness in the Derrylin area. She was the mother of former Fermanagh and Monaghan manager Malachy. Just a few months short of her 90th birthday, Philomena, of Grattan, […]


Arty bus shelters making unlikely tourist attractions


THE countryside around Sliabh Beagh in east Fermanagh is certainly much brighter looking this summer. Brightly painted ‘art shelters’ are springing up on many country roads in the area giving country roads a new look. Donna Bannon, arts co-ordinator at Sliabh Beagh explained that 18 have been completed to date with the aid of funding […]


Mallards season over  without promotion


    It looks as though Ballinamallard United’s excellent season has come to to an end without promotion.    Club chairman Tom Elliott said he was hugely disappointed but not totally surprised that Ballinamallard United are likely to miss out on promotion after the Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL) announced that the Championship season was […]


Enniskillen woman is new London mayor!


A FORMER Enniskillen woman has been appointed mayor of the south London borough of Sutton. Trish Fivey (59), has been a Liberal Democrat councillor since 2014. The former St Fanchea’s College student has lived in the borough for almost 40 years, raising her two daughters, Alexandra (30), a dentist, and Lauren (20), a final-year student […]