And about that ‘Happy’ Fermanagh video (with the dancing minister)…


It is essential to take a step back every once and a while from the pressures of life and do something fun.

The people of Fermanagh are resilient; no matter what difficulties they face they just get on with things, usually with a smile on their face.

It is that sort of resilience that has always been the heart and soul of Fermanagh. While times are tough for everyone, the people here just get on with it. Is it any wonder that our wee county was voted the happiest place in the United Kingdom last year.

I have spent the last few weeks trying to capture the delight of many of those who adore not just Fermanagh, but the people in it.

Based on the hit song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams, I have, with the help of South West College, put together a music video of locals, including some familiar faces, dancing and having fun.

It has over three minutes of feel good moments, including a little bit of much-needed silliness, all of which provide a snapshot of Fermanagh life and show the positive attitude of our people.

It features everyone from Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster dancing with Crom Castle Manager Noel Johnston to Father Brian D’Arcy shaking his hips.

Friend of Fermanagh,’Da’ from Give My Head Peace (played by Tim McGarry) not only falls in love with this place but Bellanaleck woman Stacey Carney! In a hilarious scene, ‘Da’ gets ‘married’ to Stacey in a beautiful ceremony at the Killyhevlin Hotel, conducted by the Dean of Clogher, Kenneth Hall. But please, don’t tell ‘Ma’, or Stacey’s actual husband!

And watch out for the cameo from UTV’s Paul Clark, decked out in a Fermanagh GAA jersey (his favourite team).

Political rivals Stephen Huggett (Sinn Fein), Bert Johnston (DUP) and John O’Kane (SDLP) call a truce for a moment and share a trip in a beautiful old vintage car at Castle Archdale and there is an appearance from UUP MLA Tom Elliott. Fermanagh District Council Chairman Alex Baird and Vice Chairman Barry Doherty get in on the action, too.

And just what every music video needs – a dancing policeman! Don’t miss PSNI Inspector Roy Robinson giving it his all in Enniskillen.

These are just some of the many people who kindly gave up their time for this project, I thank them all, in particular, Kevin Mulveen and his students at South West College for patiently filming and editing the video.

It has been a joy to work on this project and the enthusiasm of all those who took part has reminded me why I adore Fermanagh so much. We are lucky to live in a beautiful place, but even more fortunate to live among some kind, generous and special people, many of whom feature in this video.

All too often people get caught up in the pressures of life so I hope that when you watch this video it makes you smile, even for a moment.

Rodney Edwards is a Journalist with The Impartial Reporter in Co. Fermanagh. Twitter: @rodneyedwards

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  • Charles_Gould

    Just watched it – great fun Rodney. Well done!

  • David Crookes

    Bless you, Rodney, that was really brilliant: well done!

  • Harry Flashman

    I have very happy and fond memories of a few Fermanagh girls (cutties?) in my youth, protestant and Catholic, and pleasant visits to that fair county to meet up with them *sigh*.

    Fermanagh will always have a very soft spot in my heart, lovely place and people.

  • derrydave

    Bloody Culchies.

  • decombustion

    Great stuff, but don’t forget that local band Blurred Lines had the idea first – their fantastic cover version is at

  • cynic2

    Was she not leading with the wrong fut?

  • babyface finlayson

    Good clean fun. If only it could be like this all the time.
    I see no reason to suppose the Fermanagh people have any special claim to resilience though.
    No more so than the doughty people of Armagh or Derry or Down (ok maybe not Down).
    Unless it’s the dreariness of their steeples that engenders such resilience.