Fermanagh 2021 year review: August


In August, The Impartial Reporter spoke to Louie McMaster, who competed at the CrossFit Games in Wisconsin.

After contracting Covid-19 in October 2020 – which left him in a hospital bed with bilateral pneumonia – the recovery for Fermanagh man Louie McMaster has been incredible.

So amazing, in fact, that he can be called one of the fittest men in the world after his time at the NOBULL CrossFit Games in Wisconsin.

Just nine months after contracting the virus while working as a wedding photographer, he was pushing his physical and mental form to the max in America, where he finished seventh in the 35-39 Masters category.

Speaking to this newspaper shortly after returning to Ireland, Louie called the experience “surreal”.

He said: “Looking back, it was absolutely surreal. I can’t believe this has happened because I said the statistic going around is that 99.99999% of people will never win [even be selected for] Games. So making the games was a feat in itself.

In a year of mourning for many over Covid-19, Louie’s experiences have been an inspiring story of recovery during the pandemic.

The month of August devastated an Enniskillen family when a fire destroyed their trailer for the first time, before spreading cruelly to engulf their bungalow home.

Eight devices from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) witness the scene, fired from several towns to tackle the severe blaze.

A spokesperson for NIFRS said: “Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used two jets and two hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze.

“An injured man suffered burns to his face and was taken to hospital by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the incident was resolved at 21.51 hrs. ”

Last month, a group of three young women staged a peaceful protest in Enniskillen against what they believed to be hate speech.

The demonstration was held in response to evangelical preachers who had gathered at the Diamond and preached through a loudspeaker.

The trio – Orla Bryant, Noelle Thornton and Jamie Farmer – all categorize themselves as LGBT + allies, and one of the women identifies as a member of the LGBT + community.

They gathered on the left side of the Diamond, near where the preachers loudly addressed pedestrians, shoppers, and traffic.

The trio waved a rainbow flag – an internationally recognized symbol of LGBT + rights, identity and solidarity – and asked passers-by to stand beside them.

Noëlle said: “They have [the preachers] told us that we must repent, because of whom we love; they said that love becomes between a man and a woman, not between a man and a man, and a woman or a woman, and [said such love] is ‘a choice’.

Jamie added: “What they [the preachers] doing is a hate crime.

Following the controversial preaching, a PSNI spokesperson confirmed to The Impartial Reporter that police are treating the actions of street preachers in Enniskillen as a hate incident.

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