Rugby star opens up on stroke scare

ENNISKILLEN rugby star Kathryn Dane has said she counts her ‘blessings every day’ months after she suffered a serious stroke. During a training camp with Ireland in Dublin in November 2022, the 26-year-old Enniskillen woman fell ill. Thanks to the quick thinking and fast actions of the Ireland medical team, the Ireland scrum half was […]

Irish star Dane reflects on life after shocking stroke

IRISH scrum-half Kathyrn Dane knows better than anyone how fickle life can be. Nine months ago she suffered a brain haemorrhage while training with Ireland, and is still a long way from making a full return to rugby, although she has been making steady progress. In an IRFU media call, Dane told how during a gym session with the Irish squad’s […]

People urged to ‘think F.A.S.T.’ on stroke symptoms

A MAGUIRESBRIDGE woman has urged local people to be aware of stroke symptoms, and to “think FAST” if the suspected they are having a stroke. Betty Parkinson – who was just 49-years-old when she suffered a stroke last November – has added her voice to a fresh awareness campaign by the Western Trust, which is encouraging anyone who experiences […]


Stark warning on our health services

Services at South West Acute Hospital are under severe threat following the Department of Health’s stark warning that health services will be centralised. A telling statement released on the back of spiralling waiting list figures and in the middle of a consultation which could lead to the closure of the stroke unit at SWAH warns […]


Drop-in stroke sessions ‘working round the clock’

THE Fermanagh Stroke Support Group will be working round the clock in the coming weeks, offering drop-in and local sessions across the county in response to the SWAH stroke unit consultation. As many people as possible are urged to avail of the drop in service, or attend their local session, to ensure as strong a […]

Fight to save our stroke unit steps up a gear

THE FIGHT to save the stroke unit at South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) stepped up a gear this week with a large crowd attending a public meeting in Enniskillen on Monday night. Stroke survivors, carers, relatives, union reps, health care staff, carers and concerned members of the public packed out the meeting in Enniskillen to […]