Children sold cigarettes – 1989
A MAJOR health scandal is how environmental health officers locally have described the results of a survey into the illegal sale of cigarettes to children. It has shown that 84 per-cent of the tobacco retailers who were approached readily sold cigarettes to children aged between 11 and 14.
In the survey, five children aged between 11 and 14 under the supervision of officers were sold cigarettes in 47 out of the 56 premises visited. In one case a 13-year-old girl was able to purchase two single cigarettes and on paying for them was asked by the seller if she wanted a light. One shopkeeper refused to sell ‘singles’ to a boy aged 13, saying that “the police had been round,” but then sold a packet of ten cigarettes to the boy.
Commenting on the results of the local survey, Dr JF McKenna, chief medical officer NI, said, “I am dismayed by what you have found. It is quite scandalous that so many outlets are selling cigarettes to children.”
POLICE RAID PENSIONERS
THE RUC has been criticised following an early morning raid on the home of an Omagh couple who are pensioners.
Local Sinn Féin councillor, Francis Mackey, accused the RUC of disconnecting the couple’s telephone so as to prevent them from contacting relatives during the raid, which began at 6.10am and ended at 10am, almost four hours later. “The couple were alarmed and inconvenienced by their ordeal,” he said. “The RUC effectively put them under house arrest and prevented family members from accessing the home.”
Shoot them pigeons – 1964
A SUGGESTION that a limited licence should be granted to Omagh youths to shoot the pigeons that a creating a “health hazard” on public buildings and churches in the town was made at a meeting of the local Urban Council.
Leo Sullivan said he could see no objection to shooting the birds. The filth and dirt they were leaving was creating a health hazard, and people should be considered before the welfare of the pigeons.
J Cunningham said that in Paris they were solving the problem by netting pigeons and sending them into the country for a three-month ‘rehabilitation’ course before letting them loose again. They were finding that the birds were not returning to the city.
F McRory said that shooting the pigeons was a most inhumane suggestion. “In London’s Trafalgar Square pigeons were a tourist attraction,” he added.
Mr O’Sullivan said, “Let them keep their pigeons. We will get rid of ours.”
FLATS FOR FINTONA?
FINTONA may have West Tyrone’s first council-flats if an Omagh Rural Council scheme for redevelopment is adopted.
They are considering the cost of a scheme for rebuilding at Main Street on a site between Mill Street and Water Lane.
They are considering building six maisonettes with three bedrooms each, one or two shops and 14 garages.
The block will be facing Main Street and the situation of the garages will be unusual in that they will be built underneath the block and approached from the rear.
Black-out accident – 1934
THE first accident locally, as a result of the ‘black-out’, occurred in Clogher when a youth, Kevin Donaghy, who was cycling down the Main Street, collided with a pedestrian, Robert Williamson, and was thrown heavily from his machine.
Donaghy, who fell against the kerbstone, sustained severe injuries, including a fractured skull.
He was removed to Clogher Hospital but it was later found necessary to convey him to the County Hospital. Williamson escaped injury.
Meanwhile, about half a dozen lorries have been commandeered by the Military Authorities from various tradesmen in Clogher, Fivemiletown, Ballygawley, Aughnacloy and Fintona, as well as other centres.
PLANES OFF SCOTTISH COAST
INCREASED activity by the German forces on the Western front and air raid activity off the Scottish coast form the chief features in the war news.
Eight hundred officers and men, out of a complement of about 1,200, were lost when the Royal Oak, one of Britain’s biggest battleships, was sunk by German submarines at Scapa Flow at the Orkney islands
The first German air raid on Britain in the war took place between 2-3pm on Monday when 14 bombers attacked warships at Rosyth, in the Firth of Forth, and attempted to destroy the famous Forth Bridge.
The raiders were engaged by the RAF defence units and in the battle it is claimed that four Nazi planes were brought down.
Omagh soldier returns – 1914
LANCE Corporal James Corey, of the Inniskillings, has returned to Omagh wounded, and he has many interesting stories to relate of his experiences at the front.
‘Jamie’ was wounded by a piece of shrapnel which entered his shoulder and proceeded downwards towards his lungs, but in spite of this he looks in the best of health, and is able to walk about.
Many of his acquaintances warmly welcomed him back to Omagh.
He was at the bombardment of Rheims and at the Battle of Mons.
GERMAN SHOPS ATTACKED
AMAZING scenes were witnessed in south London on Saturday night when a crowd of men and women, thousands in number, attacked a dozen shops occupied by Germans, wrecking several of them.
The principal rioting took place in High Street, Deptford, where an attack was made at about 10pm on some pork butchers and bakers’ shops.
Big plate-glass windows were smashed and shop fittings destroyed, while in some cases the crowds made their way into living rooms and wrecked articles of furniture, cupboards, pictures, mirrors and crockery were smashed and a piano was thrown into the street.
So big was the crowd that the police were powerless to cope with it, although there was a force of 200 strong.