Statement on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

9th September 2022

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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has noted with sadness, the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on 8 September 2022 at the age of 96.

The Queen was a frequent visitor to Northern Ireland and visited the Fermanagh and Omagh district on a number of occasions, most notably when she visited Omagh in 2002 as part of her Golden Jubilee and in 2012 when she visited Enniskillen during her Diamond jubilee.  On this occasion, she attended a service at St Macartin’s Cathedral before crossing the street to visit St Michael’s Church and later officially opened South West Acute Hospital.  During the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this year, the cornflower blue outfit she wore during her visit to Enniskillen in 2012, was on display in Enniskillen Castle as part of the Our Coronation Exhibition.

The Queen will be fondly remembered in the district particularly by those who had the pleasure of meeting her and those who worked with the various charities with which she had an association.

The Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Barry McElduff said, “As Chair of the Council, I have agreed to the opening of a Book of Condolence to facilitate those residents who wish to express their sympathy and thoughts on the death of Queen Elizabeth”.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council will be opening a book of condolence in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Townhall, Enniskillen and the Grange, Omagh from 2pm on Friday 9 September.  An online book of condolence will also be open on the Council’s website, www.fermanaghomagh.com.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has also made provision for residents to leave floral tributes at Enniskillen Castle (grassed area to the exterior front) and the Urban Garden at Strule Arts Centre.  Floral tributes placed at other locations will be relocated to these designated areas.