ON REMEMBRANCE Remembrance Day yesterday, Wednesday, November 11, South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) held its annual Act of Remembrance at the SEFF memorial in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, Lisnaskea.

The annual Act of Remembrance remembers those who were murdered during The Troubles within the South East Fermanagh area.

The service was led by Canon Rev. Alan Irwin, with Bible reading John 15: 1-17 read by Ken Funston, brother of victim Ronald Funston.

Prayers were led by Neale Jagoe, a nephew of victim Bobby Crilly.

A poem, ‘Love is Eternal’, was read by Dianne Woods, a niece of Tommy and Emily Bullock.

A wreath was laid and memorial crosses by Grant Weir and his sister and carer, Michele Nixon.

Following the service, Grant Weir began his charity fundraiser for SEFF and the Ely Centre, where he will walk the equivalent of a marathon over 8-10 weeks.

Grant was accompanied by others who have lost limbs as a result of terror attacks.

Kenny Donaldson, SEFF's Director of Services, said: "Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there have been additional challenges in organising Remembrance events this year.

"The circumstances we find ourselves have demanded creativity, but we have persevered.

"On Remembrance Sunday, at 10.30am before the official Remembrance event in Enniskillen, SEFF brought together the bereaved families of the Enniskillen Poppy Day bomb so that they might have a more intimate opportunity to remember their loved ones.

"SEFF also produced a number of virtual Remembrance-themed events and services, filmed across Northern Ireland and published on our Facebook page, and we had a presence at six different locations, laying wreaths.

"We were determined that our own organisation's Act of Remembrance held annually on Remembrance Day would proceed this year.

"There were a range of issues that we needed to overcome, such as the spacing of people within the graveyard, having adequate sound facilities, ensuring masks were worn by everyone – bar those with underlying health issues which may have prevented them from doing so – and that hand sanitizer hygiene was practised, and that the whole event be appropriately marshalled; this was achieved.

"The old adage, 'Where there is a will, there is a way', must continue to be the mantra that we and all others practise when supporting vulnerable members of the community," added Mr. Donaldson.