Recording the past – 1988
A TAPE with a difference is soon to be released and it captured for posterity stories from hundreds of years ago told in the clear simple style of former Omagh man, Frank McKenna.
The tape, which is being published by the Ulster Museum, is a compilation of stories told to Frank by his grandfather over 60 years ago.
Frank McKenna was born in Tattykeel Glen and was raised by his grandparents.
He recalls how when his grandfather became old and was no longer able to work on the farm, he was given the job of herding the cows on the mountain in the summertime, which was done to conserve the grass lower down.
Frank loved to accompany his grandfather to the mountain when he would be told his family history.
Ronan jumps back from injury
YOUNG Ronan McGuigan suffered a broken leg following a nasty fall from one of his favourite ponies, an injury which threatened to bring his young showjumping career to a premature end.
But one year on and following a remarkable display of courage and determination, he has fought back to claim his place amongst the elite of Irish showjumping.
He is off to Belgium with a five-strong Irish team to take part in a major European showjumping event which offers him the chance to pit his young skills against some of the top jumpers in the country.
His selection came following a magnificent display in the qualifying event at the Dublin Horse Show and is just reward for Ronan, whose resilience following that serious injury has gained the admiration of many.
Helping Tyrone’s Youth -1964
A YOUTH service officer – the first outside Belfast – may be appointed in Tyrone with the responsibility of co-ordinating and developing youth activities in the county.
Approval for the appointment is being sought from the Ministry by the County Education committee.
A Gibson, chief education officer, read a letter from the Youth and Sports Council asking what steps the committee intend to take in developing the youth services.
Mr Gibson said he would like to see the recreational facilities provided at the schools being used during the summer months and at other times by organised youth parties.
Mr W Purdy said it was ridiculous that tennis courts at various schools were left vacant all summer during the holidays while there were many children who would love to play on them.
Mr Gibson said that Derg Lodge, which the committee had rented as an adventure centre, should also be opened up to members of outside youth organisations. He said that if young people were not given an outlet for their energies, they would find one which the community might regret.
Grey crows a menace
GREY crows, which attack the eyes of young sheep and ravage barley crops, have become almost as destructive as foxes, the Tyrone county agriculture committee has been told.
The Duke of Abercorn, in proposing that organised steps should be taken to exterminate the crows and said that he had seen up to 80 crows at once and even if one could shoot one or two, the rest would fly away.
Poisin, too, was said to be of little use.
Ballygawley sanitation – 1939
BALLYGAWLEY sub-sanitary committee in a lengthy report stated that it had been brought to their notice that some person, who applied to Clogher Rural Council for permission to connect up with the main, and was granted leave to do so, allowed other householders to make a connection with their branch pipes without asking permission.
At present, the meeting heard that the surface water of Ballygawley street got into the sewerage, but Cllr McMahon had drawn the attention of the County Surveyor to the matter.
The council decided to adopt the report and restrict the use of water to domestic purposes only from April 1 to October 1 each year and that the supply would be cut off to persons waiting the water or allowing others to top their branch line.
It was also agreed to erect a pump at the railway station well, as recommended
EUROPEAN events took a sensational turn during the week when it was announced that Germany and Russia were negotiating a non-aggression pact.
This was undoubtedly a surprise in view of the fact that diplomatic and military talks between Russia, France and Britain had been in progress for months with a view to the termination of an alliance between all three powers.
The latest Russo-German development has set the European capitals agog and tension at the moment is acute.
A Berlin message announced the pact was signed in Moscow by Herr Von Ribbentrop and M Molotoff in the presence of Stalin and the German ambassador. The agreement says that the two powers undertake to refrain from any act of force, aggression and attacks against each other.
Shamrock dancing class – 1914
THE Shamrock Dancing class will open in the Shamrock Hall, High Street. Last year this class was one of the best in Omagh and it is hoped that this year it will even excel last year’s success, as those in charge have made admirable arrangements for an excellent class. All those desirous of whiling away the long winter nights in an enjoyable manner, should go to the Shamrock Hall.
The Kaiser and Ulster
IN a recent issue, attention was directed to the bearing which the Civil War promised in Ulster had on the present European crisis and to what extent the Kaiser’s action was dictated by the wild threats of Sir Edward Carson and his satellites.
Further light has been spread on the matter by information which has since come to hand. According to the London Standard, one of the Unionist journals, a minute book has become into the possession of the authorities showing the attention of Germany to make an attack on England in the event of an outbreak of civil war in Ireland.
Immediately after the Bachelor’s Walk shooting outrage, the Ulster Guardian states that members of the staff of the German embassy were sent to Dublin to inquire into the whole incident and its effect on the action of the Government in the event of war.
The diplomatic representatives reported to Berlin that whatever might be the situation in other parts of Ireland, in Dublin it was as bad as it could be and that the people would resort to armed revolt.
All the circumstances led the war party to assume that the Carson campaign would com