The club visit to Omagh on Sunday 12th May 2019 was organised by Joan McKimmon, Rita and David Cochrane. The original plans included a visit to Dalradian Gold Mine but at the very last minute the management at the mine contacted David to tell him that there had been recent demonstrations by the locals regarding the opening of the mine.
After lengthy discussions the decision was taken to abandon the plans to visit the mine. As you can imagine trying to arrange an alternative was quite difficult but with a combined effort not one but two alternatives were identified. These included visits to Birchwood Fishery and Beltany House.
We met at Sprucefield and travelled in convoy to Ballygawley where we had tea/coffee and scones in Tailors Restaurant. Leaving Ballygawley we drove to Drumquin where we had the opportunity for a picnic and also time to take in the pleasant surroundings including watching the experts land a few fish which were donated to some members.
Next stop was Beltany House where we were met by Dan Blackiston-Houston the house owner who gave us a brief talk on the history of the house etc. The evening meal was in the Hidden Pearl in Gortin.
Thanks are due to Joan, Rita and David for what was an excellent day all round.