Picket at army camp – 1989
APPROXIMATELY 150 Sinn Féin supporters took part in a ‘symbolic picket’ at the British Army base on Omagh’s Gortin Road.
There was a heavy RUC presence on the Gortin Road which was closed off for the duration of the picket which passed off peacefully.
The protest action was organised by the Omagh Comhairle Ceantair of Sinn Féin to coincide with similar events across the Six Counties to mark the 20th anniversary of the deployment of British soldiers on the North’s streets.
The RUC blocked off both sides of the Gortin Road, using security barriers, so as to prevent the protesters from getting too close to the Army Base
RUC photographers positioned on a hill-top within the base recorded all that took place.
Minutes before the picket began, a dozen or so Loyalists waved a Union Flag in the direction of the gathering from a distance of 500 metres, but this failed to provoke any reaction from those who had come together to call for “an end to the British occupation.”
FOLK PARK BLAZE
OMAGH Fire Brigade visited the Ulster American Folk Park recently – but not for a guided tour
The local fire-fighters were called to snuff out a chimney fire at the tourist attraction’s old schoolhouse shortly after 11am. A brigade spokesman explained that staff at the Folk Park were concerned that sparks from the fire could have ignited the schoolhouse’s thatched roof However, in a 20-minute operation the firemen had the fire – which is thought was caused by a blockage of soot – extinguished.
‘Mistreated’ kids were ill – 1964
THE NSPCC was accused of acting irresponsibly in bringing a prosecution against a Cookstown couple for alleged wilful neglect of two of their sons, aged 11 and 14.
The charge against the parents was dismissed on the merits. They were awarded 75 guineas costs, by consent, against the NSPCC. Basil Kelly, QC, for the parents, submitted that the prosecution was an absolutely scandalous one, as an interim order had been granted for the boys’ detention.
The court was told that the children’s ‘Belsenlike appearance’ was due to an obscure wasting disease, and they would die before reaching the age of 20. Dr Claude Field, child welfare, who broke his holiday in San Sebastian to give evidence on behalf of the parents, said that the disease first came to light in 1941 and there had been 64 cases.
No medical treatment could be prescribed for it. Defendants had a daughter who died in 1954 and from reading the history of the case, he found that she had also been suffering from the disease.
He said, “A layman looking at the children would think they were under-nourished. No matter what food they were given, they did not put on any weight.” Earlier the court was told how a Cookstown Electricity Board inspector had come across the children in a bedroom while inspecting wiring installations at the house. He said that they were pale, and there appeared to be “something just not right about them.”
The matter was reported to the NSPCC which decided to prosecute the parents. Answering J Petrie, prosecuting on behalf of the NSPCC, Dr Field agreed that it was not unreasonable for even an NSPCC inspector to think that the children were under-nourished.
Russian-German pact – 1939
EUROPEAN events took a sensational turn during the week. On Tuesday morning 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 Russia-German development has set the European Capitals agog and tension at the moment is acute. The agreement says that the two powers undertake to refrain from any act of force, aggression, and attacks against each other or in conjunction with any other powers. If one of the contracting parties becomes the object of warlike action on the part of a third power the other contracting party will not support the third power. Neither will join any group directed against one of them.
IS ‘GHOST’ A TENANT?
AT the meeting of Omagh Rural Council, a member asked if there was any report about the cottage in Brackey which is alleged to be haunted and which had been vacated during the week by the tenant.
Mr Parke (clerk) said he had not received any official report as Mr Logan, the rent collector for the district, was on holidays.
W J Watson, “I don’t think we will recognise the ghost as the tenant of the cottage.”
John Watson (chairman), “Except it pays the rent.” (Laughter)
W J Watson, “In that case the rent collector will have to call for the rent at midnight.” (Laughter). The discussion then ended.
Important announcement – 1914
GREAT interest is being taken in the greatest war the world has ever seen.
Hundreds of thousands of Irish soldiers are presently engaged in the mighty conflict.
The demand by the people of the north-west for the latest news of the war by land and sea has induced us to decide to publish a Daily Evening Paper which will contain the latest and most reliable telegraphic news up to the hour of going to press.
Look out for the first issue of the ‘Ulster Evening Herald’ on Monday August 24.
The ‘Ulster Evening Herald,’ priced one half-penny, will be on sale in every town and village in the north-west.
In addition to the latest war news, the paper will also contain all the local news.
If you have a friend engaged in the war you can read of the latest engagements and movements of troops in the ‘Ulster Evening Herald’ next week.
It is certain that the public of Omagh and the surrounding districts will be pleased at the appearance of the new local evening paper.
DEATH OF THE POPE
WITH deep regret we announce the death of His Holiness Pope Pius the Tenth after a short illness. On Tuesday it was announced that His Holiness was suffering from a slight attack of bronchial catarrh, but no-one had any idea that the disease was of a serious nature.
It appears that the bronchial attack spread to the lungs, and his strength then rapidly gave way. The Sovereign Pontiff was in the eightieth year of his age and the tenth year of his pontificate.