Concern over access to mental health help

THE WESTERN Trust has said mental health services have been open and available to everyone who needs them throughout the pandemic, although some have questioned this claim. In a letter to the local Council, responding to concerns previously raised about local mental health provision in recent months, Trust chief executive Dr Anne Kilgallen said the […]

Halloween festival set to be latest cancellation

TRICK OR TREAT could be cancelled in Fermanagh this year, as health officials warn that breaching Covid restrictions would not be a sensible move as positive cases continue to rise in the area.  The annual Halloween festival in Enniskillen is widely known for its extravagant firework display, attracting crowds from near and afar as they […]

Singalongs proving a hit with care home residents

ELDERLY people everywhere are well known for singing along to their favourite tunes. Well, Fermanagh is no different with residents in many care homes lifting their spirits by joining in sing-songs with the help of a local tenor.  Fermanagh tenor Andrew Irwin who last week won the ‘Audience Prize’ at the Northern Ireland Opera Festival, […]

Relief at last for households dogged by poor broadband

THE Council is urging residents and businesses to check if they may be eligible for an upgraded broadband connection through the new Universal Service Obligation (USO) for Broadband.   Under the USO for Broadband, residents and businesses have a legal right to request a decent, affordable broadband connection from BT. BT is in the process of […]

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Theatres get go-ahead to reopen after lockdown

THEATRES and concert halls across the North have been given the ‘go-ahead’ to reopen after an announcement was made by Stormont last week.  As doors reopened on Saturday, staff during the month of August will be able to return to work  and make preparations for the return of live audiences and performers can start rehearsals. […]

Council members aware of bombing suspect before vote

THE COUNCILLORS who backed the controversial motion opposing the extradition of suspected Omagh bomber Liam Campbell were made aware of who he was before voting on the proposal, albeit only by a few minutes.  The motion for the local Council to write to the Irish government expressing its opposition to the extradition of Mr Campbell […]


New Enniskillen dog park comes under fire

THERE has been “growing concern” with regards to the safety levels at Enniskillen’s recently opened ‘Dog Park’ located on Henry Street.  Local dog expert Sharon West told the Herald that the “size and safety” of Enniskillen’s park compared to other places is what concerns her most.  “The park set up for Omagh is huge compared […]

Binmen kept busy coping with extra waste over lockdown

FERMANAGH’S binmen have been lifting huge amounts of extra waste from local homes since the lockdown began. With recycling centres and dumps closed across the county for the majority of the lockdown, which began at the end of March, our frontline binmen were left with tonnes of extra work to do. A total of 673 […]

Roslea folk hire skip to deal with mounting rubbish

A ROSLEA youth group have had “no other option” but to take matters into their own hands, after Fermanagh and Omagh District Council claimed that social distancing “was not possible” at Roslea’s recycling site. On Friday, members from the youth initiative, Sean Og Le Cheile, arranged for a skip to be brought to the car […]

Childcare costs set to climb in life after Covid

THERE are fears there will be job cuts in the local childcare sector as a result of the Covid crisis, which will result in rising prices making childcare even less affordable for already struggling parents. On top of that, it has also been revealed Fermanagh childcare workers are already having to turn working parents away […]