Issue 164


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.

We also hear how the new W F Marshall Society are keen to keep the poet’s work alive by promoting his work to a younger generation. And it’s been a birthday milestone for Omagh Tennis Club as they celebrate 125 years in existence.

We have plenty of photos from the annual fly-in at Carrickmore Flying School which attracted aircraft from throughout Ireland and further afield.

There were colourful displays on offer at Omagh Daffodil and Flower Show and keen gardeners can pick up some free compost as the local council launch an imaginative recycling initiative.

Local man Vincent Maguire’s 40-plus years contribution to the local health service was also marked with a retirement party. And Camowen Community Anglers lead the way in conservation of local rivers.

There are photo features on the Killyclogher 10k and a Mini Olympics for local schoolchildren which was hosted in Omagh Leisure Complex.

We also feature a Fashion Show hosted by local victims’ group Families Moving On, Killycurragh Regeneration Group’s 20-year celebrations and Clanabogan and Lislimnaghan Mothers Union dinner.

And on the sporting front, Strathroy Harps were in celebratory mood as they added yet more silverware to the trophy cabinet.

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