Cancer sufferer says early diagnosis is crucial


AN Irvinestown man suffering from prostate cancer has urged men to get tested for the disease now as early diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death. Patrick Bacco from Fairgreen Street was diagnosed with prostate cancer 18 months ago and has been undergoing treatment for it since then. “I got back pains and initially thought it […]


New Ulster indoor record for Mahon


FRESH from a nine day warm weather training camp in the Algarve, Irvinestown’s Conal Mahon had a big start to his indoor season setting a new Ulster Indoor record in the triple jump in Jordanstown on Saturday. Mahon put together a solid series of jumps in the opening two rounds before registering a no-jump in round […]


Police warning following spate of machine thefts


FERMANAGH police have urged local owners of farming and plan machinery to be on their guard against theft, with a several large and expensive machines stolen in recent weeks. Police are currently trying to establish if there is a link between the thefts of a digger and a loader from Irvinestown and Lisnaskea areas over the […]


Council is set to green light caravan park plans


IT LOOKS like the Necarne Estate in Irvinestown will soon become a caravan park. Plans have been in motion to create a touring caravan site at the historic estate for some time, and now planning officials have recommended granting planning permission for 23 pitches.  The report from the Council planners notes the estate comprises of […]


Wanderers welcome Linfield to town


IRVINESTOWN Wanderers 2012s took on Belfast heavyweights, Linfield, in a friendly game at the Bawnacre Centre on Sunday. The Linfield side is graded at ‘red’ level, the elite of underage football in Belfast. Irvinestown 2012, who are graded a step below at ‘blue’ level, have had a very impressive season, winning a number of local […]


Fermanagh musicians excel in Mullingar!


By Mark McGoldrick SHAUNEEN Maguire and Odhran Harbinson were the big winners at the All-Ireland Fleadh in Mullingar which took place at the weekend. Maguire, from Comhaltas Derrylin, took first place in the over-18 piano accordion competition, winning the ‘Christopher Niland Cup’. Derrygonnelly’s Harbinson, meanwhile, was part of the 15-18 Ceilidh Band, under the leadership of […]


Sheep dung has comedian spitting at Lady of the Lake


By John Carney A MIXTURE of sheep dung and poteen left a German comedian with a bad taste in his mouth at this year’s Lady of the Lake Festival in Irvinestown. Last Wednesday a large crowd turned out at Castle Irvine Estate, Necarne, for the Fair Day where the World Sheep Dung Spitting contest took centre stage. The event had […]