Fermanagh adventurer Alan sets sail for Aisling Centre

RETIRED outdoor education instructor Alan Currans is setting sail to raise funds for the Aisling Centre in Enniskillen. He is planning on travelling around Scotland and Ireland to raise funds for the Centre’s psychotherapy and counseling services. Alan is undertaking this voyage in memory of friends who died by suicide. “Between 2006 and 2015, my friendship groups lost four […]

COLUMN: A meditation for anxiety

WHEN we are feeling anxious it can be difficult to break that cycle in both the mind and body. Anxious thoughts or fears causes the body to pump out certain chemicals, because the body believes that it is under threat. One way to try and break the cycle is to keep focusing on your breath. With […]

Geraldine McGrath releases new book

AWARD-winning podcast host Geraldine McGrath has released her self-penned book which is aiming to record the stories of some of Fermanagh’s ‘unstoppable women’. The mother-of-four runs her own organisation, ‘I Am Unstoppable’ movement, which is aiming to promote all things positivity and confidence, as well as raising awareness about mental health and suicide. The ‘Radiate Realness’ podcast […]

Coná and Shea take the plunge with new Cold Water Club

A NEW cold water group called Cold Water Club has dived into Fermanagh waters. The new group has been started by newlyweds Coná and Shea Daly who host local swim socials to help people get involved in cold water swimming. Coná had been doing events under her Instagram page dipsnhips for the last two years before starting the […]

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 […]

Social worker tells of ‘growing BPD epidemic’ in county

A Western Trust social worker has supported a local mother’s fears that borderline personality disorder (BPD) is claiming young people’s lives needlessly. Erin Donnelly’s 18-year-old daughter Katie had been suffering from the disorder when she died suddenly at the Fermanagh and Tyrone Hospital in Omagh last September. Lack of treatment and understanding of the mental illness are two of the biggest issues vulnerable […]

Positive vibes for ‘glass half full’ Coná!

IN FOCUS… Coná Gallagher! Coná Gallagher runs the dipsnhips Instagram page which promotes wild swimming and all things body positivity. She recently took part in a modelling shoot for Fintona business Moody Activewear. Coná answered our ’20 Questions’ in this week’s paper!   What is your greatest strength? My ability to see the positive in […]