All Our Yesterdays

Nigel McDonagh

St Brigid’s High School awards – 1990

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Pupils from Forms AH and DI at St Brigid’s High School in Omagh pictured with their Readathon certificates in 1990. The annual sponsored reading event was organised by teacher Mary Haughey and that year 55 pupils participated raising £477 for the Malcom Sargent Cancer Fund for Children. From left are: Andrea Glackin, Donna McCann, Mary Hegarty and Louise McCrory.

A blast from the past… Adverts in 1972

Entertainment adverts from Ulster Herald 1972. 1) Smokey Mountain Ramblers, The Patrician, Carrickmore. 2) Thin Lizzy,Holyrood Hotel, Bundoran. 3) Tallmen, Royal Arms, Omagh. 4) Sharon & The Green Forest, Drumquin Social Centre.

Entertainment adverts from Ulster Herald 1972.
1) Smokey Mountain Ramblers, The Patrician, Carrickmore.
2) Thin Lizzy,Holyrood Hotel, Bundoran.
3) Tallmen, Royal Arms, Omagh.
4) Sharon & The Green Forest, Drumquin Social Centre.

100 years of the Ulster Herald

25 Years Ago

Quarrelling neighbours should ‘shake hands’ – 1990

TWO Sixmilecross neighbours were advised to shake hands and in future not get involved in their children’s petty quarrels.

Speaking at Omagh Court, RM Robert Porter told the parents, “We are now living in the 1990s and I think people living in such close proximity should learn to live in peace and enjoy good neighbourly relations. To get involved in children’s arguments is very silly.”

The dispute arose when one of the neighbours threatened to “put manners” in a woman’s children.

He had entered her house and the woman left with her children and called the police.

He claimed that her daughter was continually kicking and beating his younger son.

The court was told that, prior to the incident, both parties had been “quite friendly” and had even shared one another’s clothes lines.


A NEW major £1 million technology centre planned for Omagh looks likely to be built on the site of the town’s former Gas Works.

Members of the Western Education and Library Board’s Education Committee have heard that an agreement had now been reached in principle for the Board to build its new permanent hi-tech centre on the site, owned by Omagh District Council.

The new centre will replace a temporary technology centre located at Strabane High School and a temporary information technology centre based at Gibson Primary School in Omagh.

50 Years Ago

Omagh youth’s fall from roof – 1965

A 17-YEAR-OLD youth who fell from the roof of a fuel store on a building site was awarded £32 damages at Tyrone Court.

The claim was made by Denis Gavigan, of Gortrush Park and now living in England, who, through his father, sued for £150 for personal injury, loss and damage sustained through the negligence and breach of duty of the defendants in his employment.

Gavigan told the court that while employed on the roofing of bungalows and Culmore he was told to help remove scaffolding around one of the bungalows. No ladder was provided for the work.

He had to get on top of a fuel store to remove part of the scaffolding and while he was getting down again he stopped on the lintal above the doorway. It “coped” and he fell and the lintel landed on his right leg.

However, the employer said Gavigan was not directed to remove the scaffolding at the bungalow. He “went missing” and was later found on the ground. The employer told the court that Gavigan had no right to be at the place where the accident happened.


THE Omagh Anglers’ Association’s annual fly fishing competition held on the River Camowen was won by Albert Allen of Clements Villas, Omagh, with a catch of four trout weighing 1lb 13.5 ozs. He was awarded the Camowen Cup and a built cane rod.

Second was Ivan Allen, Townview Avenue, Omagh, brother of the winner, who won a box of flies for his catch of two trout weighing 1lb six ozs.

75 Years Ago

Magistrate phoned to settle horse row – 1940

J H Long, RM, had an unusual task on Tuesday evening. It appears that in Omagh Horse Fair an animal was sold for £11 15s.

At the close of the deal ‘a spitter’ claimed £1 from the purchaser, and the latter refused to pay this amount.

The interested parties took the animal to the police barracks when Captain A Small, DI, phoned for the Resident Magistrate.

Mr Long cancelled the sale and the purchaser got his £11 15s back, and the horse was returned to the original owner.


FOLLOWING quickly on the Allies abandonment of Dunkirk, a big German offensive was launched on a 120 miles front in North France, and the push is evidently aiming towards Paris.

The Paris military spokesman stated that the Allies held their lines, and that the situation was favourable.

British troops are fighting beside the French on the Somme, where tanks, artillery, planes and infantry clashed in what may be one of the biggest battles of all time.

However the Germans claim the line has been pierced. In a special announcement made on German radio, the German High Command stated, “Our armies have begun the offensive against the Army of France. A crossing of the Somme has been forced between the Estuary and Ham.”

While German raiders were attacking Le Havre for the second night in succession, heavy bombers of the RAF, penetrating deep into Germany, simultaneously raided military objectives over a wide area.

100 Years Ago

Youth killed in action – 1915

MRS O’Neill, Castle Street, Omagh, received official confirmation on Friday of the death in action of her son, Private Henry O’Neill, Dublin Fusiliers.

The news was learned with the greatest regret by the people of the district where deceased resided.

Of a retiring and kindly disposition, deceased was a warm favourite with all who knew him.

Some months ago he was sent to the front with his battalion, and the casualty lists each day bear striking evidence of his regiment’s gallantry and valour on the battlefield.

All his former acquaintances and his many friends greatly regretted to hear of his death, he having been only in action for a week.


WHAT might have resulted in a very serious accident occurred between Fintona and Omagh. Mary Boylan, of Ballyshannon, was a passenger with her three children on the 7.40pm train to Derry on a visit to her husband, a soldier stationed in the city.

At the request of one of her children, she opened the door of the compartment, and at the same time missed her foot and fell out.

One of the passengers pulled the communication cord, and as a result the train was stopped.

Mrs Boylan was found sitting on a bank. The child was bruised on the side of the head and face, and the mother was slightly injured.

They were able to continue their journey to Derry.