Unsung hero of office – 1988
AN Omagh secretary will leave her desk behind to enjoy a fun-filled day in Dublin thanks to her thoughtful boss. The lady in question, Mrs Carol Gault, has been nominated for the title of ‘Unsung Hero of the Office 1988. It’s all thanks to her boss, Philip Faithful, manager of Omagh Leisure Centre where Mrs Gault has been employed since 1982.
“It’s all come as a big surprise, but I’m very touched that Philip thinks so much of me by putting my name forward,” said Carol. “I would be nice to win the first prize – two weeks in the Canary Islands, but I won’t take the competition too seriously. Instead I just intend to enjoy the fun that goes with this type of occasion.”
Carol’s nomination for the award was kept a closely guarded secret by Mr Faithful.
Clogher campaign of protest
A CAMPAIGN of protest is being conducted in the Clogher Valley following the recent announcement by the Southern Health and Social Services Board that the Clogher Valley Old People’s Home is to close.
The decision by the board to close the home, which is in a 146 years old building, caused furore in the district and upwards on 80 people from throughout the Clogher Valley met in Clogher to discuss the implications of the proposed closure.
They also formed a committee which will spearhead the drive to have the home retained. A 14-strong committee, representative of the entire Valley, was elected and they will nominate a deputation of members to hold discussions with the SHSSB. The home has 37 residents and 27 full and part-time employees.
Tyrone police headquarters -1963
THE opening of the new Tyrone County police station on the Mountjoy Road, Omagh, seems to add a force to the claims that the Mountjoy Road is becoming the centre of Omagh.
Certainly, several new buildings such as the Tyrone County Hall, headquarters of the council and Ministry of Labour offices, have enhanced the appearances of the area and for architectural merit, the new police station is in worthy company.
The station is a three-in-one building. As well as accommodating the county inspector and his staff, and the Omagh district force, it brings under the same roof for the first time the county Ulster Special Constabulary headquarters. It is understood that the Mountjoy Road frontage will be laid out in lawns, rose beds and flowering shrubs.
Railways to go like stagecoach
A SPEECH by the Minister of Home Affairs is understood to have foreshadowed transport policy in relation to the railways.
“I don’t think I am acting in advance of any Government decision when I tell you it is only a matter of time until railways are as obsolete as the stagecoach,” said William Craig when he addressed the North Tyrone Unionist Association in Strabane.
Mr Craig referred to the losses incurred by the railways and said there was apparently no part of the Ulster Transport Authority giving satisfaction to the country. In addition, he said it was creating a heavy economy burden. Mr Craig said it was clear that Ulster was becoming a roadborne community.
Gortin automatic telephone -1938
ANOTHER step forward in the introduction of automatic telephones in the six counties will be taken at 11am on Tuesday December 6, 1938, when Cranagh, Gortin and Plumbridge manual telephone exchanges will be closed and their places taken by a new exchange at Gortin consisting of the most modern type of automatic equipment.
Subscribers on the exchange, by dialling the required number, will be able to communicate with each other without the aid of an operator. Calls to subscribers or other exchanges will be obtained by dialling ‘0’ and the call will then be completed by an operator at Newtownstewart.
Omagh Post Office accident
AN OMAGH boy, William Dobbs, of Brook Street, was injured but had a most miraculous escape from far more serious consequences, as the result of two boxes of toy pistol caps exploding in his trousers pockets when in Omagh Post Office with a lady relative.
The explosion was so violent that it startled the whole office, officials and public alike and the alarm bell was at once sounded throughout the office. John Mullan, one of the senior officials, who was in the supervisor’s office, rushed into the public office and found the boy Dobbs in great distress, with the skin considerably blown off his left hand and wrist and the flesh laid bare.
Mr Mullan immediately telephoned for medical assistance and on looking at the boy again found his trousers ablaze. He pulled the trousers quickly off the lad and discovered that the boy’s left leg had been burned.
Tragic sequel to an eviction – 1913
THIS morning, the dead body of a married woman was found in Kilnaheery outside Sixmilecross.
The circumstances surrounding the painful occurrence are of a sad nature. It appears that the deceased, along with her husband, who is a frail old man over 70 years of age, were evicted from their homestead and the furniture was removed to a neighbour’s house where it was supposed that the parties would reside until they got a home of their own.
They had in their possession a number of fowl and it appears that the deceased on Wednesday evening returned to the old homestead with the intention of collecting the fowl. She was not seen alive after and her body was found behind the old homestead. The affair has caused a sensation in the district and an inquest will be held.
Report on Omagh workhouse
THE report of Mr Coffey, Local Government Board, on the Omagh workhouse is a satisfactory one.
He says that he found the whole institution clean, bright and tidy and he had no complaints except from one man who grumbled with very good reason of the difficulty he had in getting a pair of boots.
The report added that the infirmary was particularly well kept, everything being scrupulously clean, and the appearance of the ward suggested marked care and attention on the part of the nursing staff. The report was considered very satisfactory.