Education Minister praises summer scheme in Tyrone


EDUCATION minister, Michelle McIlveen, was given a lesson in fun this week, when she popped in to the Gortin Glen Forest Park. Taking place during her visit was Sacred Heart College’s Summer Scheme X-Treme 2021, a project funded by the department and inclusive of a range of outdoor activities. Featuring archery, gorging, fire-lighting and rustic cookery, […]


Covid-19 vaccine soon available for 16 and 17-year-olds


FROM this Friday, 16 and 17-year-olds across the North will be able to receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Regional vaccination centres and walk-in clinics across the country will be providing walk-in Pfizer first jabs for the age group from August 6, as recommended by The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). […]


Drug seizures rise as arrests fall across Tyrone


A SHARP rise in the number of drug seizures were recorded in two out of the three police districts covering Tyrone, despite the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Figures released by the PSNI this week are showing a big increase in the number of drugs incidents from July 2020 to June 2021. They show that the Class B […]


Ambulance service apologises for response delay to call


By Paul McElwee THE Ambulance Service has apologised after a woman who collapsed at a church in Aghyaran was forced to wait nearly an hour-a-half for a response to the 999 call. The incident happened while the woman was attending a funeral at Termonamongan Chapel. She collapsed at the altar and the church was cleared […]


Disruption expected due to work at Omagh leisure centre


FERMANAGH and Omagh District Council has advised that essential contracts work will be carried out in the vicinity of Omagh Leisure Complex and Bowling Green. It is anticipated that the work will continue for a period of around eight weeks. Disruption will be mainly around pedestrian access in the area around Omagh Leisure Complex. There […]


Omagh to host first-ever Pride parade


HISTORY will be made in Omagh next month, as the town is set to host its first-ever Pride parade – and you are welcome to get involved in the rainbow of preparations! Organised by ‘Omagh Pride’ – a group spear-headed by Tyrone women, Cat Brogan and Lorraine Montague – the town’s inaugural LGBTQ parade will […]


Covid-19: Vaccine certificate availability extended


NORTHERN Ireland vaccine certificates are now available for those travelling abroad up to and including August 17, the Department of Health has announced. The certificates provide Northern Ireland citizens with official confirmation that they have received both their Covid-19 vaccinations in the North. They are available in digital format – via an app for your […]


David’s family fulfil his final wish


TO keep the spirit, heart and memories of David Ballantine alive, his family have poignantly fulfilled his final wish by raising money for the Air Ambulance NI. A cherished son, husband, brother and uncle, Mr Ballantine of Glenhull sadly died on August 2 last year, as a result of a head injury sustained during a […]


Celebrating poet Paddy Farrell at Todd’s Leap


Last weekend at Todd’s Leap, the shrieks of excited children were replaced by the melodious sounds of traditional music which reverberated across the Yellow Field and Hazel Glen, as Errigal Ciaran parishioners gathered for a few days that fittingly celebrated the life of local poet, Paddy Farrell. Farrell was born in 1856 in the heartland […]