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.
Policeman in a hedge – 1913
A DOUGLAS Bridge publican named David Devine was prosecuted by District Inspector O’Connor for an alleged breach of the Licensing Act. Constable Martin, in the course of his evidence, said that on the night in question he noticed a number of persons in the vicinity of defendant’s public house about twenty minutes past ten.
He watched their movements and saw two men go to the rear of the premises. Later on he saw a servant boy of defendant’s go in the direction of an old out-house. Witness approached the place from which the voices came, and saw two men standing at the back door. Each of them had a glass in his hand, and one of them was in the act of counting money. They handed the glasses to someone inside, and then walked away. Cross-examining, FJ O’Connor, who appeared for the defence, asked the constable, “Where were you this night, on top of a tree or where?”
The constable replied, “No, I was sticking in a hedge and could not get out.” (laughter)
Mr O’Connor said, “You were like a ram caught in a thicket! (laughter).
“Do you understand what I mean when I say this is a rather curious story of yours – I think not! How long were you impaled in the hedge?”
“No longer than a couple of minutes once I started to get rid of myself.” (laughter).
Further cross-examined, witness said he did not enter the premises or make his presence known at any time. He did not have an electric flash-lamp with him. He did not knock at the door, nor did he tell the defendant he found certain persons at his door, although he saw men at the place committing an illegal act.
The case was dismissed.