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

Issue 160

THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’ . . . . . .
ot160Don’t forget folks to put your clocks and watches forward one hour this weekend as we – dare say it – venture into ‘summertime.’ Most electronic timepieces nowadays, be they computers, tablets or iPads, adjust automatically. Not so the good old- fashioned watches and clocks on the mantelpiece. One clock, however, that won’t move a minute is the one on the Courthouse Hill in Omagh. The courthouse clock has stood still for about three years now and it seems that it will take more than British Summer Time to move it along.
Back to this week’s big stories and we get the opportunity to shine the spotlight on Omagh Gateway Club who are close to 40 years in existence. The club would welcome new volunteers in order to provide this social outlet for adults with learning disabilities – so if you have a few hours to spare get in touch with them through Mencap. Continue reading

Issue 159

PLANS IN PLACE FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY . . . . . .
ot159The area is once again gearing up for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations which will see a massive parade through the streets of Omagh. With this year’s theme of ‘Get Green for 17,’ participating groups are encouraged to promote the theme of ‘reduce, reuse and recycle.’
The town centre is expected to be thronged by those enjoying the celebrations while later that evening sees the relaunch of the newly refurbished Mellon Country Inn with the Whistling Donkeys.
We also follow a number of local trad bands who are heading to Italy to take part in one of Europe’s biggest ever St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Continue reading

Issue 158

ot158ART AND DRAMA TO FUNDRAISING AND FOOTBALL . . . . . .
With a tentative touch of Spring in the air and the evenings lengthening by the day, we’re all hoping that the worst of the Winter is behind us and we’re not going to be caught out by an unexpected sudden sharp shock in the weeks ahead.
From art and drama to fundraising and football, this week’s edition is packed with photos and stories of events from throughout the district.
For our Big Interview we travelled to Fintona to meet up with Sean McQuaid whose RoadieTV venture has given bands, both local and national, a perfect platform to showcase their music. As well as local groups like The Banjacks, Don’t Shoot and Knotty Pine, Sean’s Facebook page also features groups like The Druids, The Navvies and the Unholy Gospel Band.
The local council held their inaugural Community Recognition evening in the Silverbirch Hotel recently to recognise volunteers from groups within the district who have contributed time and skills to the community.
We also have details of the nine nights of drama coming up at the Newtownstewart Drama Festival as they prepare to lift the curtain on this year’s event.
Pat has also been out and about photographing Recarson Primary School’s celebrations after receiving a big payout from the Big Lottery fund.
Paddy Hunter, meanwhile, speaks to tennis star and Holy Family teacher Donna McSorley about her preparations ahead of flying to Cape Town, South Africa where she is scheduled to participate in the ITF young seniors world championships.
We were also there to capture the runners in this year’s annual CBS 10k and 5k charity fundraiser which drew over 300 runners and also Omagh Wheelers as members took part in the annual Valentine’s Cycle.
In our packed photo pages we cover the glitz and glam of Omagh High School’s annual formal. Coincidentally, the event was one of the first to come under new laws restricting celebrations to a 9.30pm deadline.
Meanwhile, the senior citizens were in celebratory mood at the Hospital Road Community Centre, while the Chinese New Year was launched at South West College.
There are also photos from this year’s Jazz Festival at the Strule Arts Centre and the library which was voted a huge success by all accounts. And we were there to capture last week’s launch of artist Olwyn Colgan’s exhibition in the Strule Arts Centre.
Fundraisers were out in force at a dance and raffle in the Valley Hotel in Fivemiletown to raise funds for Marie Cutie and Cancer Research. And Beragh Red Knights were celebrating the end of another hugely successful year for the club

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