Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Belle Isle - Transa - 55 foot cruiser available to hire

The beautiful 55 foot cruiser Trasna has come out of dry dock and is now on Lough Erne.
Trasna is available for private hire at Belle Isle Estate for groups of up to 14 people. So if you and a few friends fancy a glass of champagne while taking in the wonders of Lough Erne one evening give us a call +44 (0) 28 6638 7231 or email info@belle-isle.com

Evening Cruise on the Lough
Set off from Belle Isle at 6.30 pm for sightseeing cruise around the lough
with Champagne and canap├ęs. Returning at 9.30pm. 
Cost is £30/head  (MAX 14 PEOPLE) 

Lunch on the Lough
Set off from BeIle Isle Jetty at 11 am, sail around the lough learning a
little history of the lough and having points of interest highlighted.
A quality buffet lunch with drinks will be served on board at 1pm.
Returning at 3.30pm before departing.
Cost £50/head (MAX 14 PEOPLE)

For further information contact:
Belle Isle Estate
BT94 5HG
Tel: +44 (0) 28 6638 7231

Monday, 29 July 2013

Welcome to FEARmanagh!

What better way to spend a Sunday morning than getting up close and personal with Fermanagh’s rugged and wild terrain. Cycle through quiet back roads that cut through the limestone landscape, carved out by Ireland’s icy past, they’re guaranteed to give you more ups than downs!
Then experience the wetter side of Fermanagh as you take to the water for 2 challenging Kilometres along Lough Erne’s rocky shores – and if the 304 metre near vertical climb to the top of the Magho Cliff Challenge doesn’t take your breath away, then maybe the panoramic view it offers at the top will! So in a county steeped in myth and folklore, are you ready to become a legend in your own time?

Feel the FEAR and do it anyway!

There are 2 routes available for participants. Both routes consist of running, kayaking and cycling – organised over 3 phases: Knockmore to Lough Shore, the Wee Dog Jog, and Paddle Power. The longer route is a total of 77km, the shorter route approximately half of that.

You can register online here. There will also be pre-event registration at the Derrygonnelley Community Centre on the evening of Saturday 21st September between 6pm and 8pm. Additionally, participants can register on the morning of the event from 6.30am. 

The FEAR is a multi-sport competition consisting of three sporting disciplines cycling, trail running and kayaking. Taking place on the 22nd September, 2013 and exploring some of the beautiful Fermanagh countryside, FEAR will certainly be memorable! Read more.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Ulster Rally Set to make a Big Splash in Fermanagh...

Launching the Todds Leap Ulster Rally to be held in Fermanagh on 23rd and 24th August are (from left) Lewis Boyd, Clerk of Course; Alex Baird, Chairman Fermanagh District Council; Benny O'Hanlon, Todds Leap, sponsors; Alan Elliott, Chairman NI Motor Club; rally drivers Mervyn Johnston, Gary Jennings and Raymond Johnston and young rising stars Sam Moffett, Jon Armstrong, Timothy Cathcart and Amy Cox. Photo Credit Raymond Humphreys
Immediate Release…Immediate Release
Tuesday 2nd July 2013
2013 Todds Leap Ulster Rally Set to Make a Big Splash in Fermanagh…
A host of sporting stars from track and field, including British Touring Car frontrunner Colin Turkington and Fermanagh GAA manager Peter Canavan joined organisers, local Rally stars and special guests at Enniskillen Castle to launch the 2013 Todds Leap Ulster Rally. The event, which will be based in Fermanagh this year for the first time, will again play host to all the best drivers and cars from across the UK, Ireland and beyond, and an action packed extravaganza is expected by race fans on  23rd and 24th August.
Backed by title sponsor Todds Leap, Fermanagh District Council, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and a number of local businesses, the award winning two day event offers a five race line-up to cater for all the premier British and Irish Rally Championships including the MSA British Rally Championship and BRC Challenge, the Irish Tarmac, MSA British and Irish Historic and the Northern Ireland Rally Championships.
Fermanagh has enjoyed a prominent place in the history of the Ulster Rally, having hosted the traditional Saturday morning breakfast halt during the 1980’s and 1990’s, but this is the first time that the event has been based completely in the Fermanagh Lakelands.
At the Event Launch it was also confirmed that the 2013 Ulster Rally will benefit from significant support from the Fisher Foundation. The Foundation was set up as a permanent memorial to the lives of Mark, Emma and Bertie Fisher who died following an air accident in 2001. Safety in rallying was always of paramount importance to 3 times Ulster Rally winner Bertie Fisher and to this end the Fisher Foundation will assist with the provision of Rally Safety Units and Competitor Tracking during the event.
2012 NITB award winner, Todds Leap, the activity, conference and training centre is once again backing the race as title sponsor and managing director Benny O’Hanlon said,
“Todds Leap is pleased to be sponsoring the Ulster Rally for the sixth consecutive year.  As Northern Ireland's number one activity centre we are totally dedicated and committed to backing regional events which support the tourist trade and the local economy. The Todds Leap Ulster Rally attracts thousands of spectators to Northern Ireland each year and reaches a wider global audience, show casing the region at its sporting best. Todds Leap is looking forward to another successful rally and we wish the organisers, participants and supporters all the best for what will be a thrilling event.”
Ulster Rally Clerk of Course Lewis Boyd paid tribute to the local competitors and key event partners saying,
“It is very satisfying to be in Fermanagh today to launch the 2013 Ulster Rally, especially on the back of a tremendous win for Alistair Fisher and Gordon Noble at the Scottish Rally, taking them to second overall in the British Championship and with local man Gary Jennings leading the Irish Tarmac Championship, it would appear that Co. Fermanagh is the perfect location for this year’s event. This is all made possible with the enthusiastic support of Todds Leap, Fermanagh District Council and the Fisher Foundation and I look forward, with their help, to the safe running of this event on 23rd and 24th August.”
Entries for the event have just opened and the organisers, Northern Ireland Motor Club Ltd anticipate a top line up of local and international competitors including Finland’s Jukka Korhonen, currently leading the MSA British Rally Championship, Alistair Fisher, fresh from winning the Scottish Rally, Omagh man Mark Donnelly as well as other local BRC frontrunners Jonny Greer, Desi Henry, Jon Armstrong and Daniel McKenna.
The Irish Tarmac Championship will be well represented with current Championship leading driver, Kesh’s Garry Jennings, recent Donegal winner Sam Moffitt along with previous Championship winners Darren Gass, Derek McGarrity and a multitude of other WRC cars expected to return to do battle.
The Todds Leap Ulster Rally encompasses 130 competitive miles over 15 stages in the Fermanagh and Tyrone regions. Set to kick off at lunchtime on Friday 23rd August with a ceremonial start in Enniskillen town centre, the rally finishes back in the town centre on Saturday from 4pm.  
New for this year will be the family friendly Modern Tyres Spectator Special stage and other attractions at the St. Angelo Airport complex along with the event’s Central Service Park – all within easy reach of Enniskillen town centre. Rally HQ will be based at the Belmore Court & Motel and the organisers expect 300 drivers and co-drivers, supported by over 600 service crew, to be competing in up to 150 rally cars over the two day period.
For the last number of years the event has attracted over 10,000 spectators, visitors, officials, and competitors from Ireland, the UK and further afield and generated in access of half a million pounds for the local economy each year. It’s also set to be broadcast on local TV, nationally and on global networks reaching 850 homes worldwide. 
Welcoming the events arrival the Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Councillor Alex Baird, commented;

“Fermanagh District Council is delighted to support the 2013 Ulster Rally.  County Fermanagh is internationally renowned for its motorsport heritage and we look forward to welcoming rally drivers, crews, officials and spectators from across Europe to the Fermanagh Lakelands in August. We wish everyone involved a safe and enjoyable rally."

Monday, 8 July 2013

Enniskillen named Ireland's Best Large Urban Centre

Fermanagh's county town, Enniskillen, has scooped the prestigious title of Ireland's Best Large Urban Centre as part of an all-Ireland competition.

Nestled in the heart of the world famous Lough Erne, Enniskillen - Ireland's only island town - came out top when judged on cleanliness, the outward appearance of buildings, the presentation of roads and public facilities and the natural environment.  

Ireland's Best Kept Towns competition is an all-Ireland initiative between the Northern Ireland Amenity Council and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

The 2013 all-Ireland award is the sixth time Enniskillen has won the coveted 'Best Kept' title, firmly establishing it as one of Ireland's most attractive towns.

Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Councillor Alex Baird, commended all those who help to keep Enniskillen tidy.

'Winning an all-Ireland Best Kept title for a sixth time is a tremendous achievement and is testament to the pride and hard work, commitment and partnership working between Fermanagh District Council, businesses, residents and partner agencies,' said Councillor Baird.

'Enniskillen is a unique and charming town with many attributes, however its natural beauty is foremost.'

The competition judges were particularly impressed with the cleanliness of the shores and fringes of Lough Erne and noted that Enniskillen town was free of litter, graffiti and fly posting.

The results of Ireland's Best Kept Towns competition were announced at a special awards ceremony in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin, last week.

Enniskillen qualified for the finals of the Best Kept Towns competition after winning the Northern Ireland Amenity Council's 'Best Kept Large Town' award in November 2012 for the ninth time since 1995.

Come and vist Enniskillen and stay at Belmore Court & Motel with this great special offer...