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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Chair to Host Business Breakfast

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has organised a business breakfast with the theme of “What the post Covid -19 office may look like” taking place Friday 23 April 2021.

Hosted by the Chair of the Council, Councillor Diana Armstrong, the event will start at 8.30am and will last approximately one hour.

Guest speaker for the event is Dr Nicola Millard, Principal Innovation Partner, BT Enterprise CTIO.

Dr Millard has enjoyed a long and stellar career at BT working across a wide range of sectors in the organisation. She has contributed to many innovative firsts for BT including, the introduction of artificial intelligence into BT call centres, the company’s initial experiments with home working and the development of BT’s “Net Easy” score, a new method for measuring customer experience. Dr Millard is currently investigating innovative practices for employee and customer experiences.

Supporting Revitalisation

The event will also have contributions from Councillor Armstrong, John Treacy, General Manager of Fermanagh Enterprise Limited and Dr Nicholas O’Shiel, Chief Executive, Omagh Enterprise Company Limited.

Speaking about the breakfast, the Chair of The Council, Councillor Diana Armstrong said, “there is no doubt that the past year has been an extremely difficult one for businesses and there have been significant challenges along the way. Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is committed to supporting the revitalisation and recovery of businesses across the district and recognises the important contribution local businesses make to our economy.

With the entrepreneurial spirit that prevails in the district, businesses will explore ways to embrace many of the new ways of working which they have adopted in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and I am delighted that we have secured the services of Dr Nicola Millard, one of the most respected innovators in business in the UK. I am confident that her refreshing approach to innovation will prove particularly beneficial to our local businesses.

I am delighted that we have also secured the services of two of the most respected business figures in the district in John Tracey and Nicholas O’Shiel, both of whom have more than 20 years experience in leading their respective Enterprise Companies and who will also bring some innovative thinking on the theme.

I would encourage as many businesses as possible to sign up to this thought provoking breakfast event.”

To book a place on the business breakfast, please visit here before Thursday 22 April 2021.  Booking is essential.

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Cuilcagh Boardwalk Pre-Booking System is a Summer Success

The car park pre-booking system, which launched in June of this year, has welcomed almost 5,000 bookings in three months.

Cuilcagh Boardwalk’s official car park has received almost 5,000 bookings within three months of launching its online booking system,

The booking system was created earlier this year with the aim of facilitating more effective crowd management and social distancing regulations, controlling numbers during the peak season and ensuring the safety of all staff and visitors.

With hopes of also fostering sustainable, green tourism at the popular Fermanagh landmark, the limited visitor numbers better enable the protection of the grounds and surrounding habitat by controlling the heavy footfall often experienced at the Instagram-worthy attraction. This was the original cause that led to the original construction of the boardwalk by UNESCO-endorsed Cuilcagh Lakeland Geopark, with the paths meandering through one of the largest blanket bogs in Northern Ireland.

The online bookings have come from all across the island of Ireland as people have enjoyed staycations, bank holidays and two unprecedented heatwaves this summer. While the initiative has received initial success, the bookings only represent a small percentage of walkers currently visiting the boardwalk each day and the mountain trail aims to see more visitors doing their part and pre-booking their car parking space in the months ahead.

Speaking on the success of the online system to date, local farmer, Cuilcagh landowner and car park operator, John Sheridan commented:

“This online system marked an important first step in the long-term redevelopment plans for Cuilcagh Boardwalk, and the number of online bookings to date indicates that we are successfully engaging with and encouraging walkers to be more environmentally conscious during their visit.

With that said, our work is not done. We want to encourage 100% visitors to pre-book their car parking space, so that we can safely control numbers on the boardwalk each day and reduce the impact of high-volume visitor traffic.”

Cuilcagh Boardwalk is also now part of the national Leave No Trace education programme, which focuses on developing a national ethic that protects both natural and cultural heritage by minimising the environmental and social impacts of tourism on some of the country’s most popular visitor attractions.

Cuilcagh Boardwalk’s online car park booking system comes as part of early development plans for the mountain trail and is determined to remain a sustainable, environmentally mindful area for all to enjoy.

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Wild About the Workhouse Wildlife Walks in Enniskillen

Did you know there are eight species of bats in Northern Ireland or that swifts, on leaving their nest for the first time, are airborne for 2-3 years before they land for the first time!

Would you like to learn more about bats, swifts and local wildlife in Enniskillen?

If so, registration is now open to join a ‘Wild About the Workhouse’ guided walk taking place around Enniskillen on Friday 2 July and Friday 23 July 2021 at 8.30 pm.

These walks, organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, are part of the Enniskillen Workhouse Project in partnership with South West College with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Enniskillen Workhouse is currently home to swifts during the spring and summer months and bats potentially all year round.

Nesting swifts and bats are both protected species, therefore, as part of the restoration of the workhouse to create a business enterprise and heritage hub, the Council is protecting and enhancing the nesting and roosting spaces that are there by following specialist guidance on construction timings, building advice and appropriate mitigation.

The walks will be on footpaths and walkways around Enniskillen town at night taking in Enniskillen Castle and Fermanagh Lakeland Forum.

To find out more and book your place on a ‘Wild About the Workhouse’ guided walk, please email

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis as numbers are restricted to 15 per walk.

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