According to his son, Johnny McKeagney is 'as Fermanagh as the call of the Curlew', and his astonishing new book of illustrations 'The Ould Ago' (pictured above, copyright Johnny McKeagney) represents a lifetime of observing and drawing the people, places and customs of his beloved county. Johnny started drawing at 27 without any formal training, and his incredibly detailed line drawings are an invaluable record of not only the townlands of Fermanagh, but also of a whole way of life. Johnny joins us live from our Enniskillen studio to talk about this unique work of art.
'The Ould Ago' is available in bookshops throughout Fermanagh.
Bella Voce Choir
Four years ago 15 young people from the Dungannon area gathered to sing their hearts out under the watchful eye of choirmaster David Thompson, and so the Bella Voce choir was born (pictured above). Now the choir is 45 strong and they're taking on their biggest production yet - the classic musical Annie. Anne-Marie went along to their rehearsal to meet David, and also had a chat with Annie herself and Miss Hannigan from the cast (pictured below)
Anne-Marie chats to Annie & Miss Hannigan from the musical Annie
The Grapes of Lisnaskea
Hilda Latimer is caretaker of Lisnaskea High school, but she doesn't just look after the school, she also tends a 40 year old grapevine that's enjoying one of it's best-ever harvests this year. Orginally planted by the school's principal in the school greenhouse, Hilda gathers and bags the grapes every year and hands them out to pupils and staff. She's live from our Fermanagh studio to divulge her grape-growing secrets, and to explain how she encourages the children to develop green-fingers of their own.
The Honda 6 is an endangered motorcycle - there are only 7 left anywhere in the world, and one of them will be star of the show at this year's Autojumble taking place on Saturday 23rd in Ballymena's Seven Towers leisure centre. An autojumble is basically a jumble sale for vintage motorcycle, car and tractor parts, but this year also features a huge display of classic bikes, including the legendary Honda 6. After 25 years, organiser David Pattison has decided to retire, and he's live on the phone from the show to explain how he's bowing out with the biggest and brightest autojumble to date
The Auto Jumble is on Saturday 23rd October at the Seven Towers Leisure Centre in Ballymena, from 9.15am to 3.30pm. £5 to get in and all the money raised goes to Cancer Research UK.
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