Roseanna Donohoe is sad about
the changes that have taken place in the village and
townland communities of Fermanagh during her lifetime:-
".... I mourn the passing of many of the old characters
who were part of my childhood and the death of a lifestyle
that was uniquely Irish ......"
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Sally remembers Enniskillen with great affection:-
"Twenty one years ago I was successful in being offered
a career move and went to live in Fermanagh.....I
could not believe the beauty, the peace and tranquility
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what else Sally has to say about Fermanagh.
A contributor writes:-
"I went to Carry Bridge for 6 months in 1942 to my
grandparents as there were a few bombing raids in
Belfast where I lived at that time.
I went to school about a mile from Carry Bridge but
all the classes were in the same room as there was
only one teacher and only about 30 pupils in total.
I had to go to Church every Sunday and learn new words
and hymns. The teacher was called Mrs Clingan and
the minister's name was Canon McTigue.
I did have relatives in Lisbellaw which was about
2 miles away and other relatives round and about but
apparently they were wild things and I never met them.
Evelyn recalls a pleasant weekend:-
"I'd never been to Castle Archdale before and we
had a lovely walk through the grounds there, passing
an enclosure of deer .....
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Brian Willis recently uncovered a 'Fermanagh
Herald' newspaper article he'd kept:-
"... published a poem about the history and characters
of Fermanagh ... It had been written by Edward O'Reilly
who had immigrated to New York ....."
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John Wallis - July '08
when on holidays in Enniskillen in 1969 I had my pic takin by a journilist from the Fermanagh News I would love to visit the archives to find this pic butIi can find no website for Fermanagh News only Fermanagh Herald. I wonder if anyone out there can help me would be most thankful.
Valerie Brewster Willis - June '08
I wonder if anyone has researched Willis family history
in Fermanagh? The children of Robert Willis and Jane Francis
O'Connor emigrated to South Africa, Australia and finally
New Zealand from the 1860s onwards. Robert and Jane Willis
are buried in the Church of Ireland, Ballinamore. I believe
Robert Willis was born in Fermanagh, near Eniskillen before
joining the Irish Constabulary and being posted to Rosscommon
in 1829. Any contact will Willis descendants from Fermanagh
would be most welcome.
E. Brown - February '08
Does anyone have a picture of Carry Bridge?
Karen Cole - Feb '08
I would like to get in touch with Bob Ritchie who's grandparents
ran the Fermanagh Times in Enniskillen, I too have been looking
for information about this paper as my grandfather William
H. Nixon was the print manager at the paper until he retired
SallyAnn McChesney - Apr '07
Fermanagh is certainly a lovely place. My great-grandfather,
James Irvine, was born in Ulster and family stories say he
wa from Fermanagh. He was born in 1846 and emigrated to the
U.S. in 1863(supposedly) with sisters Gertie, Sallie, Maggie,
and brother, Samuel. My cousins and I are having a terribly
difficult time trying to find out if any of our Irvine relatives
in the area remember this particular part of the family. Would
anyone have knowledge of such a family?
Robert ( Bob ) Ritchie - Apr '07
I am trying to find information on my late grandparents Robert
H.Ritchie and his wife Kathleen. My grandfather died I think
about 1943 and was at one time owner/manager of the local
newspaper,Fermannah News or Times later to become a print
works(somewhere near the hotel in the main street) which was
run by one of my uncles,also now deceased. At one time they
lived in Albert Terrace. I do still have family in the area
in the persons of an Uncle Herford and an Aunt Barbara but
would like to try to get this information as a surprise for
Any help with regards Birth,Marriage,Death of any of the
Kerry Gibson - Jan '06
I am researching my family tree and have found that my GrandMother
was called Louisa Johnston (prior to marrying my GrandFather).
I would love to hear from anyone who may have some information
on her family as I understand Johnston is one of the old names
A. Stirrup - Oct '05
Does anyone remember the 'stirrup' family who lived on the
road opposite doghertys butchers? They lived somewhere near
a bridge. The older brothers served in WW1 and their names
are written in the Church of Ireland Church?