Gold mining forced to stop
MEMBERS of a local community development association have launched a campaign which they hope will save 100 jobs in the Sperrins goldmining operation being undertaken by Ennex International in the Gortin area.
A spokesman for the Owenkillew Community Development Association said that the Ennex International operation, which began some seven years ago, has been halted due to the fact that the company had been unable to obtain permission from the Northern Ireland Office to use explosives to extract ore due to the security situation.
“The company have found that other methods of extraction are not cost effective and they have sought permission to use explosives but this has not been granted,” the spokesman explained.
“The work being carried out by Ennex has brought with it many valuable spin offs and there’s hope some 100 jobs could be created over the next ten years. We hope they will be allowed to continue with their work.”
Residents hit by flooding
SEVERAL residents of Omagh’s Bankmore Road were literally ‘washed-out’ when floods hit the area.
One angry resident who contacted the UH complained of water lying ‘knee-high’ at the bottom of her driveway, and said flooding has always been a problem in the area.
“You could not take a car out – the water was so deep,” said the resident, who accused the Water Service of ignoring the situation and failing to answer her SOS calls.
Family ‘completely isolated’
WHAT was once a ‘carrie’ across a small burn, over which local farmers used to draw their heavily laden carts, has been turned, almost overnight, into a six foot wide deep obstruction which prevents three small children from being able to attend school.
The burn is at Essan, Aghyaran, and, when recently swollen by heavy flood waters, it swept away the ‘carrie’ leaving a five feet high and six feet wide crater. The children are Bernadette, six years-old, Patrick Joseph, ten-years-old and Brendan, 13, whose parents, James McAleer and his wife Anne, live about 100 yards on either side of the burn. Each day the children – who attend St Davog’s PS and St Eugene’s Secondary Intermediate School – would cross the ‘carrie’ to and from school.
But now, as Mr McAleer says, “If we sent them out to school in the morning the flood waters might rise and we would be unable to get them back across again.”
Anti-Catholic slogans on wall
THE residents of the predominately Catholic district of Altmore are in an angry mood following the painting of anti-Catholic slogans on Altmore Primary School wall which was the venue of polling booths in the general election.
Slogans such as ‘No Pope Here,’ ‘No Rebels Here,’ etc were daubed in red paint and was carried out following the closing of the booth.
Catholics in the area condemned this dastardly outrage as election work at this booth has always been carried out in a very peaceful manner.
Slogans were also painted on roads throughout the district on the same night.
Drumquin man’s bravery
AT the opening of Omagh Petty Sessions Mr J O H Long, the Resident Magistrate, said on behalf of the Chief Constable of the Argyleshire Constabulary, it was his pleasant duty to present the parchment certificate of the Royal Humane Society to Thomas Livingstone, Shilling Hill. Drumquin, for outstanding bravery.
It appeared that while working at Turbot in Scotland, Livingston, although fully clothed, jumped into the water and saved a child aged five years, who otherwise would have drowned.
As he was engaged working at repairs to a hotel Livingston saw a little girl falling into an adjacent river.
He rushed to the spot and, despite the fact that he was a non-swimmer, jumped into the water and succeeded in rescuing the child.
Mr Long said it gave him great pleasure to present Livingston with the award.
A RAILWAY ganger named Arthur Kerr, Gortrush, Omagh, had a remarkable escape at Omagh station. Along with another ganger named John Nelson he was working at the coupling of points at the junction between the goods yard and the main line when he was struck by an engine engaged in shunting operations.
He was thrown forward to the centre of the track and had the presence of to throw himself flat on the ground between the rails.
The engine and 12 waggons passed over him, and he escaped with some injuries to his arm and knee. Nelson, who was on the outside of the track, was struck slightly by the engine and thrown clear from the line.
THE name of Corporal R Parkinson, Inniskillings, is included in a list of wounded soldiers at present in a Paris hospital. Corporal Parkinson is a son of T Parkinson, barrack warden at Omagh Depot.
Private James Given, Irish Rifles, has returned home wounded and he is progressing favourably. Prior to his being called up Private Given was an instructor in the Omagh Corps of the Irish National Volunteers.
News has just reached Omagh of the death of Captain J Roe, Inniskillings, who was well known in the town and district.
For many years he acted as adjutant at the Depot.
Popular Percy’s war songs
OMAGH people will again have the pleasure of hearing Percy French in his humorous song and art recital next month in the Courthouse. Pleasant memories still exist of Mr French’s last visit to Omagh, on which he presented to a large audience a splendid programme, which was bright, amusing and wholesome.
The entertainment is in aid of the Soldiers and Sailors’ Families Association and St John’s Ambulance Society (Tyrone Branch), and this alone should be great incentive for local people to attend.
The Omagh Orchestra will attend the entertainment, and this should add greatly to the attractiveness of the programme, which is varied, and will consist of war songs, stories and pictures.