Demand for justice on Michael Leonard killing

A HUMAN rights activist has demanded that justice be given to the family of Michael Leonard 50 years after his killing by the RUC. Pettigo man Mr Leonard was shot by the RUC around 200 metres from the Donegal border at Letter on May 17, 1973. He had been a disqualified driver at the time. Afterwards […]

Ciaran’s book on best War of Independence fiction list

FERMANAGH author and actor, Ciaran McMenamin, has had his second novel which includes the battle of Pettigo as its backdrop, listed as one of the Irish Times’ best works of fiction on the Irish War of Independence. The list was drafted for the national newspaper by Professor of cultural theory at UCD, Geraldine Meaney, who […]

Ciaran pens page-turning thriller in Cladagh Glen

CIARAN MCMENAMIN has written his ode to Fermanagh in his second book, a page-turning thriller and story of heart-breaking love and friendship. When a pivotal scene in the book, takes the female and male protagonists on a chase through Fermanagh countryside to the freedom of the Irish Republic, the detail about the landscape and atmosphere, terrain and […]

Hit and run driver who killed his brother to hear fate

A PETTIGO MAN who admitted causing his brother’s death by careless driving, will learn his fate this week, just over five years after the tragedy occurred.  Although spoken to shortly after the incident, then voluntarily attending again with the Garda, the defendant would not be charged for years, and only after being detained in Strabane. […]

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North could be in different time zone post-Brexit

THE IRISH government has written to our local Council to get its views on the EU’s proposal to end seasonal clock changes, given the potential impact such a change could have on Fermanagh. While some have dismissed the notion that Belcoo could end up in a different time zone as Blacklion post-Brexit or that there […]


Man admits that he caused brother’s death in accident

A LOCAL MAN has pleaded guilty to causing his brother’s death, after agreeing to a lesser charge. Francis McCafferty (45) of Grout Hall, Pettigo was about to stand trial on multiple charges relating to the death of his brother Patrick almost five years ago. He pleaded not guilty in July 2018 to the original charges […]

‘Politicians only interested when there’s a photoshoot’

WITH THE future of the border currently hanging in the balance, the people of Fermanagh are feeling used and abandoned by politicians in the Brexit negotiations.  While the proposed transition deal includes a widely welcomed backstop for the North, which would prevent a hard border, the DUP and others strongly opposing the deal, and it […]