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A 13-year-old girl is in a critical condition after a machete attack in Co. Fermanagh. The PSNI have launched an attempted murder investigation.

It is understood that a group of men entered the home last night and attacked two of the occupants with machetes. The teenage girl and a 41-year-old woman were in the house at the time.

The 41-year-old  woman was stabbed in the leg but has since been released from the hospital. The teenager is in a stable but critical condition after she received multiple stab wounds.

There was also a baby in the house but they were uninjured.

The police were called to the house in Trasna Way, Lisnaskea at approximately 9.15pm last night.

Detective Sergeant Keith Monaghan stated, “This must have been a terrifying ordeal for those involved and we are determined to find the men responsible.”

He urged anyone with information to contact detectives in Enniskillen.

The number to call is 101 and the reference number is 1650 16/11/19. You can also call Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

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Two bodies were discovered at a house at Lisnakea on the outskirts of Maguiresbridge in Fermanagh last night.

Police are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide, reports the Irish Independent.

A 51-year-old woman and 55-year-old man were found, with a third victim being rushed to hospital.

The third victim, believed to be the woman's adult son, is said to be in stable condition. 

Investigations are ongoing and police have said that they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the deaths.

'This is a quite a tight knit community and the news has upset many,' said Sinn Féin MLA Michelle Gildernew

'It is too early to say what happened but the police are investigating.'

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Drivers heading toward Boa Island, on the north short of Fermanagh's Lough Erne, are greeted by a huge expanse of tranquil water.

If you're en route to Lusty Beg, the only way across the lake is by a short ferry ride – your first introduction to the peaceful haven that is this five-star hotel and spa.

On arrival to the hotel for our weekend stay, we were greeted by the lovely Mary and Mark, who managed our trip to perfection. From our check-in and welcome drink to our final wave goodbye, there was service with a smile.

The first thing you'll notice when arriving to Lusty Beg is the incredible surroundings. The view on the island is absolutely breathtaking, and you will see yourself staring out into the distance for ages – even if you're not a nature-lover. 

We were welcomed into a beautiful cabin which boasted French doors looking out onto the lake. Cabins are equipped with a very modern kitchen (if you fancy going self-service), a faux-fur lined bedroom and a huge bathroom. Each cabin also has a walk-in shower and a massive bath to choose from. 

A little exploration in the form of a nature walk brought us around the island and over a (very cute) bridge. We looked out for squirrels but then it hit us – they hate the cold and are probably all wrapped up in their tree trunks. But, the extensive views across the island made up for not seeing any squirrels. 

After a shower and a rest, it was time for the best part of the evening – the food.

Our chef at the hotel's Island Restaurant served up wild mushrooms with sourdough toast and grilled chicken Caesar salad for starters.

For the main we dug into hake with chorizo and winter cabbage, plus a sirloin steak with chips, onion rings and pepper sauce. All delicious, and beautifully presented.

If dessert's your thing, we insist you try the restaurant's signature Malteser Meringue, covered with ice cream, caramel sauce and mini marshmallows. YUM. 

After dinner it was onto the hotel bar, which boasts a huge open fire, meaning we had to stay for an extra drink or three.

Staff at Lusty Beg are not only super-friendly, but they all have an extensive knowledge of the island, and can tell you things about it dating back to the Ice Age. 

After a dreamy sleep in our cabin and brekkie of eggs, bacon and coffee, it was time to check out Lusty Beg's real selling point – The Island Spa.

After reading up on the choice of facials, scrubs and massages on offer, we opted for the Voyager Total Massage Journey, a 90-minute top-to-toe treatment that incorporates body brushing, body massage and scalp massage. 

Organic seaweed oil is used to condition skin and soothe aches and pains, so we practically floated out of the place.

If dinner, drinks and massages aren't your thing (who are you?!) then there are plenty of other activities to avail of on the island, including archery, clay pigeon shooting, canoeing, tennis, football and more. 

From Dublin to Fermanagh, the total time was two hours and ten minutes, so if you want a little bit of relaxation and fun two hours from Dublin, this is definitely the place to go.  

For information and reservations, check out the Lusty Beg website or call +44 28 686 33300

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Most of the country woke up to chilly conditions this morning – and it's just gotten a whole load more wintry out there too.

In fact, it's currently SNOWING in Co Donegal. 

Fermanagh and parts of Sligo are also reportedly experiencing snow showers.

However, the worst hit areas are certainly in south Donegal, with hail furthermore impacting on driving conditions. 

The likes of Rossnowlagh and Ballintra seemingly have the heaviest snow coverage on the ground.

Met Éireann reports: "Heavy blustery showers (some with hail and thunder) will continue for the rest of the day, with the showers tending to be more frequent over the western half of the country

"A cold day with highest temperatures of 7C to 9C in strong and gusty westerly winds."

Meanwhile, there will be "heavy rain" tomorrow "for much of the day". 

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