COLUMN: 300% increase in use of yoga and meditation


A STUDY published on January 31st, 2024 which featured in the New York Times, and was conducted by the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), revealed that the use of yoga and meditation for health conditions experienced significant growth from 2002 to 2022. Researchers gathered data points over a […]


Podcast host stops off at St Kevin’s College


A Fermanagh podcaster and motivational speaker stopped off in Lisnaskea to offer some advice to the pupils and staff at St Kevin’s College. As part of the celebrations for ‘Children’s Mental Health Week’, Enniskillen podcast host Geraldine McGrath was the special guest at the Lisnaskea school and she felt it was a very important workshop. […]


Lisnaskea man says help is needed for mental health


THOSE in charge of mental health services must make sure they are really taking the time to listen to those who come forward seeking help, instead of “just ticking boxes.” That’s the vital message from a well-known local man who himself has experienced first-hand the powerful impact of “being heard” when going through his own struggles. Stephen Carters, a former Lisnaskea […]


Fermanagh author goes to Hollywood


A FERMANAGH author and wellbeing champion has been jetting around the world and mingling with the stars to promote mental health awareness. Emma Weaver, who is a best-selling writer and TEDx speaker, recently returned from LA where she was MC-ing at an event as part of a ground-breaking campaign on mental health awareness. Founded by Yorkshire man […]


Fermanagh priest Fr Gary Donegan awaiting third surgery


JUST hours after he underwent surgery on his eye, Fr Gary Donegan has confirmed that he’s going to have to go under the knife again later this month. Since December, the Fermanagh cleric has been undergoing treatment on his right eye, in a bid to save and secure his sight. The Newtownbutler priest underwent surgery […]


SOAS seeks meeting with NI Health Minister Robin Swann


NEWLY re-appointed Health Minister Robin Swann has been urged to commit to restoring emergency general surgery (EGS) at the SWAH. Campaign group Save Our Acute Services has already written to Minister Swann requesting an urgent meeting on the situation. The decision by the Western Trust to withdraw the EGS service at the Enniskillen hospital was announced a […]


Work on new Lisnaskea health centre due to begin


TWO decades after first being proposed, work is finally due to begin on a new health centre for Lisnaskea this summer. However, with the estimated cost of the state-of-the-art building now almost twice originally anticipated, fresh approval will be needed before the project can begin. Having first being proposed in the early 2000s, and with plans progressing […]


Families clock up thousands of miles on road to Derry


FERMANAGH families are clocking up thousands of miles each, and are forking hundreds of pounds in the midst of a cost of living crisis, travelling to Derry with their loved ones who require treatment at Altnagelvin Hospital. For example, two local siblings told the Herald they have recently travelled well over 2,000 miles and have spent almost […]