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Blind Date in Mahon’s Hotel Thursday 30 July


Don’t forget about the Blind Date in Mahon’s Hotel tomorrow night, Thursday 31st July.  Only £5 in on the door and proceeds in aid of the Leisure Centre.

The Leisure Centre is an essential cross-community resource.  It’s not just used for keep fit – it provides facilities for a wide range of cross-community social and personal events also, from birthday parties to community meetings.  However, the Centre is self-supporting and now needs to raise funds for essential maintenance, including replacing external doors.

You can be assured that the Blind Date will be good crack!  Hopefully, every household has already had an opportunity to buy a ticket for the fund raiser draw to be held on the night.  Do come along and support this good cause.

Trillick YFC – 500 miles for 50 years

2014 is Trillick YFC’s 50th anniversary.  The club is one of the best-ran YFC clubs in the county and a regular award-winner.  It provides an invaluable community resource for our young people.  Pictured below are some of the Trillick YFC members who took part in a ‘500 miles for 50 years’ sponsored cycle on Saturday to raise funds for the Club:


From left: Rachel Gibson, Aaron Crozier, Shannen Vance, Stephen Clements, Holly Vance, Timothy Keys, Gareth Deazley and Lauren Vance. Missing from the photo is Mark Gibson and John Edgar who also took part in the sponsored cycle.

The Club wishes to thank all who took part, those who provided sponsorship and Caldwell Cycles Omagh who very kindly provided the use of some high-tech cycles on the day.

Vintage Rally

 Thumbs up from the Rally - Eamonn Owens and his overall prize-winning 'Wee Grey Fergie'

Upwards of 100 vintage and retro vehicles – cars, tractors, motorbikes, bicycles (and 2 lorries) – descended on Trillick this evening.  Exhibitors began assembling from about 6pm, in good time for the official run-out through the village at 8.30pm.  George Bracken provided lively music and kept the crowd entertained  throughout.  The weather can make or break an outdoor event and fortunately the sun shone and all the young-timer machinery performed flawlessly – a real credit to their enthusiast owners.


The overall winner of the Leo McPhillips Memorial Shield was Eamon Owens (Tempo), with his immaculate 1947 P3-engined Ferguson.


1st: Morris Major (Owner: Jim McAleer, Fintona)

2nd: Austin 1300 (Owner: Tom McCaffrey, Kinnine)

3rd: Hillman Minx (Owner: Charlie Patterson, Dromore)


1st: Petrol Ferguson (Owner: Fred Liggett, Kilskeery)

2nd: Fordson Dexta (Owner: Sean Corr, Garvary)

3rd: Massey Ferguson 135 (Owner: Adrian Abraham, Ballinamallard)

Thanks to: all those who took the trouble to ‘shine and show’, all those who attended, Trillick YFC, the stewards, all who made the very welcome tea and sandwiches in the Leisure Centre, the Leisure Centre for the use of their facilities, Trillick GFC for the use of their grounds and for re-scheduling a match and to George Bracken for the sound-track.

The organisers are delighted with the turnout and the smooth running of the event and are already looking forward to the 2015 Rally – save the date!

PS: Some photos below – and we’ll be posting some more photos of the event here shortly – check back next Tuesday or Wednesday.



 Brenda Kelly and Siobhan Kelly and a colourful 'flaming' entrant



1980s Group N 'sideways' legend - no event would be complete without a Twin Cam!



Young and old attended



Patsy McCaughey, Tony Doyle, Stephen McCann and John Armstrong at the Rally

PPS: Continuing the retro theme, see this blog by a local man reminiscing about some of the farming machinery and implements that would have been in use on local farms up to the late 1980s. 

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