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Local landmark

Trillick’s “Eiffel Tower” – landscape picture looking towards Brougher, kindly donated by local photographer, Sandra Armstrong:

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See also the great shot of the Barr Church on the photos page.  Any historic ones of characters and scenes from in and around Trillick you’d be happy to have copied greatly appreciated; give us a shout.

Already, some Trillick people abroad getting in touch, most recently from Trillick man Paul Tunney, now living and working in Geneva.  As soon as we have a few more names and locations, we’ll show the country locations on an interactive map.  Again, if you know of any emigrants, send a link or tweet to them; thanks.

Launch of Action Plan on Tuesday night

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Patsy, in good company, at the launch

Trillick Community Development Group launched its Trillick 2020 Action Plan for the Trillick and Kilskeery district in front of a packed community hall in Trillick Leisure Centre on Tuesday evening (29th April 2014). Each attendee received a copy of the Action Plan and a copy of the Group’s inaugural 2020 Vision newsletter; not to mention very tasty refreshments afterwards.

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Group Chairman Fergal Corrigan (centre) with local councillors and other Group members

Group Chairman Fergal Corrigan welcomed the attendees and introduced the two other speakers, Proinsias McCaughey and Kieran McCrory, Economic Development Manager with Omagh District Council. The launch was also attended by Councillor Allan Rainey (also from Omagh District Council), by Councillor Anne Quinn (Fermanagh District Council), by Mary Garrity and Stephen McCann (local candidates for the new Omagh and Fermanagh Council); as well as by members of the local community, by representatives from local businesses / employers and by representatives from the Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Proinsias McCaughey paid tribute to the Group’s long-standing members, Vicky Faris, Eamonn Connolly and Christine Kelly and thanked Omagh District Council for their advice and assistance over the previous year.  In an informative and lively address, Proinsias took the audience through the main points of the Action Plan.  He stressed the importance of having a vision for Trillick and Kilskeery, namely that “we will act to make the Trillick and Kilskeery districts a good place to live in and a good place in which to prosper”; and noted that while our area has long benefitted from community cohesion, good cross-community relations, and a relaxed, family-friendly culture, it’s important to renew and strengthen those attributes in a systematic way and, crucially, to do more to bring money and jobs to our area.  Proinsias outlined the amount of cross-community consultation already carried out, the suggestions and goals generated thereby, the implementation progress already made – and the considerable challenges that lie ahead during the next six years to make that vision a reality.

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Some Group members, before the launch

On behalf of Omagh Council, Kieran McCrory referred to the upcoming revamp of local councils and that, instead of being on the geographical margins of council areas, in the enlarged Omagh and Fermanagh Council, Trillick will occupy a geographical “centre stage”.  Kieran noted that, while forthcoming Council funding for local community development initiatives was a competitive process, invariably, those districts with considered and practicable proposals, a professional implementation plan and strong community support would be at the forefront in any funding allocations. He praised the hard work already carried out in channelling cross-community effort so far and noted the “exceptional” community turnout.

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Trillick Young Farmers Club representatives Mark Gibson, Shannen Vance and Rachel Gibson at the launch

The Group is delighted by the obvious community interest and goodwill in seeing the vision set out in the Action Plan translated into tangible realities. Check back on this site soon for details of the next steps in our community journey; and, if you feel that any of the actions in the Plan would benefit from your energy and experience – get in touch.

Trillick 2020 – what’s it about?

Much of what we value about Trillick and district – community cohesion, good cross-community relations, a relaxed, family-friendly place to live in – neither happened overnight nor by accident.  Down the years, Trillick has benefitted from the tireless and usually un-sung inputs of countless community-minded individuals. As a community, we’ve been lucky to have such people.

Through its Trillick 2020 initiative, Trillick Community Development Group aims to retain that focus on community development and to augment it with a parallel focus on economic development.

The goal is to ensure that current and future generations of Trillick people can choose to stay here and to continue to benefit from those same social advantages.

We certainly feel that, together, Trillick people can achieve this.  But we need your inputs. This goes out in particular to Trillick people overseas – pick a country or continent and you’ll find Trillick people there. Your particular experiences, skills, new perspectives and contacts all will be invaluable. If you have any questions or positive suggestions, please get in touch.

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