Fermanagh is a county in Ireland.
Power is slipping away from the Democratic Unionist Party. After two decades as Northern Ireland’s dominant political force, Jeffrey Donaldson’s party is now in serious decline — and it has discreetly accepted this. Just as political leaders are mortal, so parties live and at some point die. The DUP is not yet dead, and might rally, but it is in acute peril. Even if it defies pollsters to beat Sinn Féin in May’s election and remains the biggest party, its future looks increasingly grim.
‘The Queen is boss, but I do also see her as a friend,” Lord Brookeborough says with a smile. The 69-year-old, also known as Alan Brooke, has been the monarch’s personal lord-in-waiting since 1997, in which guise he has to regularly come face-to-face with kings, queens and presidents.
The story of the Bright Eyes Animal Sanctuary is really the story of Pat Nolan. He set up the sanctuary in 1989, but before that, he was already rescuing and caring for animals. From a council house in Enniskillen, with people complaining about all the cats, and people calling him names, he built it up and became very respected in the community.
‘There will never be a border between us,’ reads a piece of art by the Turner Prize-winning Array Collective on the wall of Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl’s parlour at Belfast City Hall.
Dublin Jimmy roamed the town of Ballyconnell pilfering and thieving as he went. Even the parish priest, Fr Oliver O’Reilly, avoided him. “Not because I was afraid of him but because I knew that he was a very dangerous person who had no respect for law or anything else.”
By God, there’s been a lot of clucking going on in the distant hills of Fermanagh in the past few weeks. I had heard some tales of a monster-sized rock being feverishly moved by 13-tonne diggers and lads as big as Shrek. Being nosy, I thought I better phone one of my Nordy friends.
The last time six-year-old Mary Boyle was seen, she was following her uncle through fields in Co Donegal 44 years ago. Her twin sister Ann remembers the day well. Not only was it the day of her sister’s suspected murder, it also marked the end of her own childhood.
‘OMG, where did you get this amazing book?” the niece Julia, who is on a visit from Montana, cries. She is perched up in the cottage loft where she sleeps, her blonde curls falling down . I climb up the ladder and join her.
It was, wrote one reporter, “the most memorable gathering that has been held in Dublin in our recent history”. The post-Truce Dáil met for the first time on August 16, 1921, in Dublin’s Mansion House. In a “pitiless downpour”, members of the public queued to be admitted and many had to be turned away. Inside a crowded Round Room, the new TDs stood up. They recited together an oath to “support and defend the Irish Republic”.
As Lu Na McKinney’s lifeless body lay floating in the calm waters of Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh on a cold April night in 2017 her killer husband Stephen thought he had covered his tracks by claiming she had fallen in after checking the mooring ropes of the boat they had hired.
A woman who was left in a wheelchair following a high-speed crash in which two of her friends were killed has said she does not hold any ill feeling to the driver who has to live with a “life sentence” for what he has done.
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