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“Everyone here is very happy, the staff are fantastic and I had hoped to be here until I died, and now that's changed completely. I'm over 100-years-old and now I have to find somewhere new to live. If you're old you're not wanted, that's how I feel."

Eddie Ruddy from Newry has no idea where he will end up.  The 87-year-old said, "I am disgusted.

Of course I'm sorry about the decision, but I'm more angry about it. So I don't know what's going to happen me, and at this stage I don't care. I don't care anymore.”

When asked what he would say to the people that took the decision to close the home, he said, "Get stuffed. I don't care about them because obviously they don't care about us. Money's more important than people."

Mary Boyle, 82, said she would chain herself to her bed if she is forced to leave. "This is like the end of the world for me. My worry is I don't know where I'm going to go. My life will end if I have to leave here. But I'll chain myself to my bed if they try to close this place down."

As well as the 21 residents at Cloughreagh House needing to find new homes, staff are also facing uncertain futures.

In a statement, the Southern Trust said a "detailed consultation process on the future provision of residential care in the area.”  The statement also said the Trust Board has decided to cease permanent admissions to all homes to minimize the number of residents who will be affected as the number of homes is reduced.

Newry Democrat

Accent Loses Quiz Show
IN the end it was the Fermanagh accent which cost a local father and son on BBC quiz show Pointless.

Richard and Christopher McGonigle, originally from Irvinestown, appeared on the popular show two weeks ago, but unfortunately they were to leave empty handed.

“The experience ended on a wee bit of a sour note unfortunately,” explained Richard. “I gave a correct answer, but because of my Fermanagh accent they misheard. The correct answer would have scored 22 instead of 100 and we would have made it through to the next round.”

Despite attempts to query the outcome, the producer stood by his decision and the McGonigles were eliminated.

The category was people in power in key British government positions since 1990.  Richard said John Bercow, the House of Commons speaker, but it was unfortunately lost in translation.

In spite of the disappointing end Richard and Christopher, regular quiz goers, thoroughly enjoyed their time.

“The whole experience though was excellent, they put us up for two nights and flew us back home.
Everything was great. It was a wee bit sour the way it ended because of the Fermanagh accent, but that’s life. It was just an unfortunate thing,” Richard said.

The two were called for an audition in Belfast around October and filming took place in March. After filming though, Chris admits it was an anxious wait to see how they came across on television.

Fermanagh Herald