Issue 165

ot165With the forthcoming closure of Tyrone County Hospital and its move to the new complex at Donaghanie Road, this week we publish a series of fascinating photos showing the building of a major extension to the ‘County’ back in the late 1930s and early 40s.
The photos show workmen laying the foundations for the building just before World War 2, through to its final construction by the end of the war. The extension – the first major development on the site since the hospital opened in 1899 – housed a number of wards, an operating theatre and X-Ray department. In our Big Interview this week, Omagh-born priest Fr James O’Kane reflects on a lifetime spent in the mission fields of Africa. As a member of the SMA community, Fr James spent years tending to the poor and underprivileged in Nigeria and Zambia. Now enjoying retirement in his native Tyrone, he extends thanks to those from the area who supported him over the years. Continue reading

Issue 164

ot164IMPRESSIVE TURNOUT FOR EAMON’S ‘GET TOGETHER’
Once again the local community has shown its support and generosity by making the inaugural ‘Get Together for Eamon’ fundraising day such a massive success. People – young and old – turned out in force for a day to celebrate the sterling work of the late Eamon McClean whose achievements left an indelible mark on the local community. Once again we offer congratulations to the organisers of this fitting event.
In our Big Interview this week, John McCusker takes a trip down memory lane with former Translink manager, Paddy McGowan. Paddy recalls the many miles he has travelled and the thousands of journeys he has made to all arts and parts of the country. Continue reading

Issue 163

ot163WORLD RECORD BREAKER . . . . . .
We now have a new world record breaker in our midst after balloon modeller Ryan Tracey set a new Guinness World Record on Britain’s Got Talent last Saturday night. In this week’s Big Interview, Claire Martin speaks to the 35-year-old Omagh man who runs ‘Duff Balloons,’ a balloon modelling company for children’s parties and events, about his record-breaking success which saw him create five balloons in just 61 seconds. And the feat was accomplished with Ryan blindfolded – what an achievement! Continue reading

Issue 162

Former Tyrone chairman and current Ulster GAA Treasurer Ciaran McLaughlin presents the Ulster Poc Fada medal to Dominic McEnhill Grandson of Omagh man also called Dominic.

Former Tyrone chairman and current Ulster GAA Treasurer Ciaran McLaughlin presents the Ulster Poc Fada medal to Dominic McEnhill Grandson of Omagh man also called Dominic.

‘Shop local’ is the message….
This week saw the launch of an initiative on Facebook which urged people to ‘shop local’ in a bid to help struggling small businesses and secure jobs in the area.
The page was launched by local man Gerry McCusker in a bid to promote the wealth of local family businesses in the town and the vital role they play in the local economy.
Gerry’s ‘Shop Local Omagh’ page is well worth a visit to see for yourself the range and variety of goods and services that are available on our own doorstep.
Approaching the first anniversary of the untimely death of community worker Eamon McClean, Claire speaks to his wife, Roisin Gilheany, on how the community coming together has helped the family cope with their loss.
We also hear how a historical photographic exhibition in The Patrician in Carrickmore has thrown up some amazing pictures of events over the years.
From the same area, a group of Termon cyclists have returned after a week taking on the challenges of the Mallorcan hills during a trip which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
We also hear from the Strule River String Band who have notched up their 100th performance which have raised over £2,000 for local charities.
Meanwhile Omagh and District Canine Club have held their Open Show in the Ecclesville Centre and we hear how McClintock Primary School in Seskinore is the heartbeat of the village.
On the photographic front, Pat has had a busy few days as he hopped around Omagh town centre last Saturday as the Easter bunnies brought a festive atmosphere to town.
On Sunday, he was in Carrickmore where Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams was on hand to deliver the oration at the Easter commemorations ceremony.
There’s also photos in this edition from Drumlish PS performance of Mowgli’s Tale at the Strule Arts Centre and the Fashion Show organised by Tiny Life in Omagh Golf Club.
The camera was also clicking at the Turfcutters Ball at Lislimnaghan Hall and at Gortaclare Pipe Band’s annual supper dance.
Finally we bring you full picturial coverage of the Beragh and Gortin runs/walk events which brought hundreds of competitors onto the highways and byways of Tyrone.

Issue 161

ot161A MAGNIFICENT MARATHON EVENT . . . . . .
Last Saturday witnessed one of the most spectacular sights on the Omagh sporting calendar when well over 3,000 runners – of all ages and abilities – swarmed to take part in the Spar Omagh Half Marathon. Despite the gloomy day, thousands travelled from all arts and parts of the country and enjoyed participating in the event.
From what started off as a 10 mile race in 1981 organised by Omagh Junior Chamber the event has grown considerably over the years. In 2000, just 240 runners took part. But through the sterling work of the Omagh Harriers Half Marathon Committee that number has now grown to over 3,000 pitching it as one of the top half marathons in the country. Continue reading