The Queen opens new Enniskillen Hospital

The Queen of England was greeted by cheering crowds in Enniskillen yesterday morning, Tuesday, June 26.

The Queen of England was greeted by cheering crowds in Enniskillen yesterday morning, Tuesday, June 26.

The Queen started her historic two day Diamond Jubilee tour of Northern Ireland in the county town of Fermanagh. Following a service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s 60 year reign at St Macartin’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, attended by both Protestants and Catholics, the Queen and the Duke crossed the road to the town’s Catholic church, the first time the monarch has visited a Catholic church on the island of Ireland.

The Queen privately met relatives of the victims of the 1987 ‘Poppy Day Massacre’ attack in which 11 people were killed by an IRA bomb. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh also went for a short walkabout to meet the public at the end of her visit.

The Queen then officially launched the new £276 million South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen. The South West Acute Hospital opened its doors to patients last Thursday, June 21. Patients were transferred from the Erne Hospital as it closed its doors to all future admissions. The South West Acute Hospital has up to 312 in-patient and day case beds.