Countdown to Fermanagh Fireworks Festival

Fermanagh Fireworks Festival takes place on 31 Ocotber 2015 at 8 pm in Enniskillen

Published: 23rd October 2015

Fermanagh Fireworks Festival will take place in Enniskillen on Halloween night, Saturday 31 October 2015, at 8.00 pm prompt.

Organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, with assistance from a group of volunteer teenagers from the Bawnacre Centre on the night, the spectacular fireworks display will light up the night sky over Ireland’s only island town as part of the Council’s Halloween festivities across the district.

With the fireworks being launched from Castle Island on the River Erne, a designated viewing area will be available at Fermanagh Lakeland Forum.

Spectators, young and old, are encouraged to get into the Halloween spirit and arrive for the fireworks display in fancy dress. Admission to the event is free.

Speaking about the forthcoming Halloween festivities in Enniskillen, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

“The Fireworks Festival in Enniskillen is an annual highlight for many. The display is always spectacular, taking place against the wonderful backdrop of Lough Erne and Enniskillen Castle.  It really is a display not to be missed and I encourage everyone to attend and enjoy what promises to be a very special night.”

A large number of Enniskillen traders have already entered into the Halloween spirit by dressing their windows with spooktacular displays, for the annual ‘Best Dressed Window’ competition, which is also organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.  Judging for the ‘Best Dressed Window’ will take place on Saturday 24 and Thursday 29 October 2015 with an attractive silver cup presented to the winner and prizes for the runner-up and third place.

“I am delighted to see that our Enniskillen traders have once again entered in the Halloween spirit by dressing their windows so creatively for our enjoyment,” said Councillor O’Reilly.

“I encourage those who visit or live in Enniskillen to take their time walking through the town streets to admire the fabulous displays,” he added.

Car parking and mooring at jetties
Due to the Fermanagh Fireworks Festival, car parking will not be available at Fermanagh Lakeland Forum from 6.00 pm on 31 October. Those attending the fireworks display are advised to arrive early and to use car parks located on the outskirts of Enniskillen.

For safety reasons, mooring will not be permitted at the public jetties at Waterways Ireland Headquarters or Henry Street (Stuart’s car park) on 31 October. Both jetties will be closed for the full day of the fireworks display and will reopen on Sunday 1 November 2015.  Alternative mooring is available at Fermanagh Lakeland Forum and Regal Pass jetties.

Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels that navigation in the vicinity of Castle Island will be prohibited for the duration of the fireworks display. Masters should adhere to instructions from safety vessels.

Safety advice
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is working with the Enniskillen branch of the Red Cross, PSNI, RNLI and Waterways Ireland to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment for everyone.

In the interest of health and safety, people are advised to inform elderly relatives and patients in their care who live in the local area about the fireworks display. Local residents are also advised to keep their pets indoors for the duration of the display.

To those attending the Fermanagh Fireworks Festival, the Council’s Environmental Health service has issued the following advice: do not bring any fireworks to the event; follow the instructions of all stewards and the PSNI; stand in the official spectator viewing areas at Fermanagh Lakeland Forum; do not approach the water’s edge; keep children under close supervision; be aware of the location of the first aid and lost children posts; and report any concerns to the nearest steward.

The Council’s Environmental Health service has also issued a reminder that anyone wishing to hold a private fireworks display must apply for an appropriate licence; that fireworks should only be bought from licensed fireworks retailers and that adults should always follow the Fireworks Code when handling fireworks to reduce the risk of personal injury. Further information on fireworks safety is available at www.nidirect.co.uk/fireworks or by telephoning the Council’s Environmental Health service on 0300 303 1777.

For further information about this year’s Fermanagh Fireworks Festival please contact the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown on 028 6862 1177.

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