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City of Derry airport unveils draft ‘Master Plan’ for future development By RORY MOONEY

Draft plans which hope to set out the future development of the City of Derry Airport (CoDA) have been revealed. In a comprehensive document which ranges from upgrades of the current facilities to plans to extend the terminal, travel numbers and economic benefits to the region, the City Herald examines some of the key points of the ‘Master Plan’.


The document identifies the need to intensify the use of CoDA in order to enhance the city’s national and international market position and support the development of Derry as the key strategic employment location for the northwest region. In recognising the significance of the airport as vital to economic regeneration the Master Plan aims to double employment at the airport by 2021. By aiming to double employment the Master Plan forecast’s that the contribution that CoDA will make to the local economy will increase from the current level of £7 million per annum to over £14 million per annum.

property owned by other individuals will be required to the south of the terminal building and that further land may be required and the airport and the Department for Regional Development, do have powers of compulsory acquisition. Strong opposition was voiced back in 2006 over plans to extend the current runway at the expense of residents living close to the airport, however the Master Plan does not plan for an extension of the runway and it also states that, “The single runway provides sufficient capacity for the forecast number of movements in the plan and there are no plans for providing an additional runway”.

Terminal and infrastructure upgrades

Following the temporary withdrawal of CoDA’s aerodrome licence in 2007, a significant capital investment programme was agreed between the Civil Aviation Authority and DCC. Since 2008 approximately £50 million of investment has been made to improve airfield infrastructure, terminal facilities and car parking. The report states that are a number of further projects planned for completion by March 2013 including a further extension of the airside lounge to provide a call forward queuing area. The Master Plan aims to expand the current terminal to include: Baggage handling facilities which will also required

to incorporate additional screening equipment: Check in desks, Departure Lounge, Retail and restaurants/bars, Departure gates and covered walkway – as the airport grows it is likely that the airside area will be segregated between lounge and departure gates; Additional Arrivals; and Improved back of house. A new internal road system to facilitate direct and improved access for public transport and access and egress from the car parks adjacent to the Terminal will be provided. In an effort to protect the front of the terminal, the Master Plan aims to reduce the number of car parking spaces by 120 spaces from 650 to 530 spaces, however new pickup

Land acquisition

The majority of proposals in the Master Plan to expand the airport can be developed on land currently owned by DCC. However the report notes that a nominal amount of land and

Pictured at the launch of City of Derry Airport's draft Master Plan are, Michael Edwards, ARC manager, Damien Tierney, Managing Director, the Mayor, Councillor Kevin Campbell, Julian Benbow, Operations Manager, and Charlene Shongo, Comercial and Marketing Executive . Picture Martin McKeown

and drop-off points will be provided for public transport as a result. Plans for a new 150 bedroom three star hotel to be built to the south of the extended terminal with conference facilities and a new petrol station to the west of the new A2 roundabout have also been mooted in the draft report.

Welcoming draft

In welcoming the unveiling of the draft report Damien Tierney, Managing Director of CoDA Operations said: “The Draft Master Plan sets out our vision for the development of the Airport as a transport gateway for the northwest of the island of Ireland. It presents a range of future improvements and enhancements to the existing facilities that we wish to develop to meet this vision.”  The Mayor, Cllr Kevin Campbell said the Draft Master Plan was an important part of the airport’s long term ambitions and objectives. “The City of Derry Airport continues to be an important asset for the city and region, and I would encourage the public to avail of this opportunity to contribute to the draft Master Plan so that it accurately reflects our ambitions for this vital piece of transport infrastructure. Once the Master Plan is complete it is intended that it will be incorporated as an advisory document within the overall area plan for the City.”

50 years of 'Achievement for All' To mark and commemorate the celebration of 50 years of St Joseph's Boys School a book charting the life of the institution in the last five decades will be launched on Tuesday, December 4. Published by Guildhall Press the book has been almost two years in the making and has been entirely written and edited by past and current pupils and staff members of the school. In September past the famous gates of the school on Westway opened up to its 50th batch of first year students. In doing so a circle of history, now half a century long, was completed. The uniform and hairstyles may well have changed since 1963, but a read of this publication will quickly reveal that the ethos of St Joseph's'Achievement For All'-has not altered at all. When the doors of the school opened 50 years ago a piece of educational history was created as it

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The first group of St Joseph's Boys who completed the school's first entry into public examinations in 1966

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Local charity seeks runners for Barca half marathon Join local charity Children in Crossfire in the Gothic Capital of the Mediterranean to experience one of Europe’s most exhilarating running challenges. Children in Crossfire are recruiting runners for the Barcelona Half Marathon on Sunday, February 17 2013. John Ryan McLaughlin, Head of Fundraising said “We are delighted to be offering this trip to the Barcelona Half Marathon for the fifth consecutive year. “Our four previous running teams had a fantastic time running through Barcelona’s amazing city centre passing such wonderful sites such as the Sa-

grada Familia, Las Ramblas and the stadium for the 1992 Olympics. “The reaction of our participants on their return has been so positive and they enjoyed every minute of their experience. “The sense of achievement after finishing a half marathon is indescribable, but an added incentive is that the money you are raising will help vulnerable children in Tanzania, Ethiopia and The Gambia and give them opportunities for a better future. You don’t need to be a professional runner or athlete, this challenge is for everyone, it will be an unbelievable per-

sonal accomplishment, so put on your running shoes and join us in Barcelona for Valentine’s Weekend 2013.” To reserve your place, please send £150 deposit to the Children in Crossfire office. Participants are to raise a minimum sponsorship which will cover flights, transfers, and three nights’ accommodation. Sponsorship will also guarantee entry to the race. To find out more information email or Tel 028 71269898 Website



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was the first intermediate school for boys in Derry. The first principal of St Joseph's was WJ Maultsaid who had an initial teaching staff of 44. Mr Maultsaid had originally taught at St Columb's College and was then approached by then Bishop of Derry, Dr Neil Farren, to become the first head master of St Colman's High School in Strabane. Having made a success of St Colman's, WJ Maultsaid was then asked to lead the new St Joseph's School in Creggan. As he had done at St Colman's, Mr Maultsaid brought along his second-in-command, Mr Ted Armstrong with him back to their native city. Initially constructed to handle 750 pupils, such was the demand for secondary education that the first intake was actually 850 pupils drawn from Rosemount, Long Tower and St Eugene's Primary Schools'. The 'privilege' of competing for public examinations in this era remained firmly within the grasp of the country's grammar schools. Yet, William John Maultsaid had other ideas and with the help of four Belfast secondary school

principals successfully campaigned to secure the right of these schools to take exams. It was here that was born the type of forward thinking that allowed St Joseph's to cater for both vocational and academic attainment. The foresight of this campaign was also harnessed to blend in well with the postwar educational shake-up that in the 1960's would see working class children enter universities en masse for the first time. Having established these vital precedents, WJ Maultsaid retired in 1972 and was replaced at the helm by Ted Armstrong who to this day remains the longest serving head teacher of St Joseph's with a total of 14 years (1972-86). Throughout the 1970s and 1980s the geographical location of the school meant that it found itself in the front line for a lot of violence of the era and at one stage was actually partially taken over by the British Army. Whilst this was hardly conducive to a concentration on education, somehow classes continued, apprentice tradesmen turned out, exams passed,

sports teams, musicians and choirs were highly successful and by 1979 having begun A Level courses the first St Joe's boys entered university. Never an institution to rest on its laurels the school continually sought to broaden its academic programme. In the late 80s under the direction of new head teacher Dr Niall McCafferty, the school pioneered the introduction of social science subjects including A Level Politics, Sociology, Psychology and Communication Studies a development later replicated by other schools in the city. Almost 40 years after St Joseph's opened it became increasingly obvious that the hastily designed and constructed 1960's buildings that had also withstood a lot of physical turmoil were no longer fit for purpose. A campaign for a new school was spearheaded by then chair of the Board of Governors, Mr James Doherty and in 2003 the 'new' St Joe's opened it's doors for the first time. The book commemorating all these events is anything but a mundane chronicle day by day, decade by

decade of the life of St Joseph's. What former students and teachers will be presented with is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic account of the social history of the area. The Troubles feature of course in the history of the school. Research revealed for example that no fewer than seven of the victims of Bloody Sunday attended St Joseph's as did Ranger William Best, a young soldier killed by the IRA in the wake of Bloody Sunday. Another victim of the conflict, Richard Moore, founder of Children In Crossfire, also attended St Joseph's and his tale as well as many other accounts of the era are included. Interviews with many other former students are also in the book which recount with pride their days at the school. Amongst these are contributions from journalists such as Eamonn Houston and BBC Radio Foyle's Michael O'Donnell as well as author Don Mullan and Fr Chris Ferguson. The work would of course not have been possible without interviews with and contributions from


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Group pictured at Joseph's Boys School on Friday releasing balloons to celebrate the launch of the school's 50th anniversary celebrations. Pictured centre are Mrs. Siobhan McIntyre, chair, board of governors, Mr. Ted Armstrong, former Principal and Mr. Damian Harkin, Principal. teachers past and present. The contributions to St Joesph's down the decades from legendary figures, to name but a few included, such as John Dunne, Shaun Doherty, Eamonn Fitzpatrick, Ann Hutton, Mary McCay, Paul Eastwood will be instantly recognisable to those who attend the school through the years. There is also a poignant tribute to the late and lamented Kevin McCallion. St Joseph's has also been

renowned for producing many highly recognised and decorated sportsmen and interviews in this section include interviews with figures such as Charlie Nash, current Derry City F.C. manager Declan Devine, kickboxing world title holder Daniel 'Pinta' Quigley and footballer Shane Duffy. Also included are dozens of rarely seen photographs spanning the entire five decades of the school. Coupled with all this are

valuable contributions from the current pupils of St Joseph's bringing the tale of the thousands who have passed through its gate right up to date. The book will be launched at the school on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 7pm. Following the launch, the book will also be on sale at all bookstores across the city. The book will also be available on the website of Guildhall Press at

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Christmas lights switch on

The city’s festive celebrations will kick off tonight with the official switch on of the city’s Christmas lights. The main man himself, Santa will be there with the help and support of his good wife, Mrs Claus to do the honours of the turning on the lights. One of the highlights of the city’s events calendar, the Christmas lights switch on will take place in Guildhall Square with musical entertainment from Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas and BBC’s Mark Patterson will be the events MC on the night. Speaking ahead of the Switch On, the Mayor Cllr Kevin Campbell said he was looking forward to the event as it was one of the most popular family occasions with everyone coming along and getting into the spirit of Christmas.

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“The Big Switch On is a fantastic event. It’s a great opportunity for families to come into the city centre, meet Santa and soak up the great festive atmosphere and have some fun. It is also a chance for us to promote the city as a good place to come and do some Christmas shopping and take part in our festive events. Let’s hope this Christmas period is a good time for local retailers and businesses and that we create a real buzz in the city as we prepare for the start of 2013 and the huge opportunities that exist with City of Culture.” He added that next month the Council will, for the first time, host the Christmas Market in Guildhall Square when it will become the centre piece of festive activities from the December 1-22 when shoppers

year old girl and spoke to her. The girl ran away and the car headed off in the direction of Fanad Drive. The man is described as being approximately 40 years old, of slim build and is balding on top. Police would be keen to speak to the driver of the car or anyone who may know anything about this incident.

will be able to sample the enchanting atmosphere of the European winter markets right on their own doorstep. Event organiser, Elaine Griffin said that each year the event is increasing in popularity and those planning on coming to the event are advised to arrive early and plan their journey in advance as there will be some restrictions on the night with restricted access to Waterloo Place and Guildhall Square. The main entry and exit points will be at Magazine Gate, Waterloo Place and Custom House Street with disabled access points at Guildhall Square and Shipquay Place. The Big Screen at Waterloo Place will be also showing Santa’s arrival and this can be used as an additional vantage point. Family entertainment on the night will run from 6.30 pm to 8.00pm with the official Big Switch-On taking place at 7.30pm. Further information on the event and how to get there as well as information on the range of exciting Christmas events we have on offer are available on Derry City Council ‘s website – www. or by contacting the Festivals Office at 028 71 367545.



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Local groups secure culture year funding By MARK WARAICH

A range of organisations throughout the North will have the chance of securing funding to take part in Derry’s City of Culture celebrations. An amount totalling over £141,000 has already been awarded to 19 groups from the ‘Culture for All’ programme, which has been set up by the Big Lottery Fund and Art Council of Northern Ireland. Amongst the projects already awarded funding is Ebrington based group, Wall 2 Wall Music. Wall 2 Wall Music is using £8800 to form a band of amateur musicians of all backgrounds and ability levels to create and perform their own music. The band will make a series of performances during the UK City of Culture year, culminating in the Once in a Blue Moon public concert in August 2013, on one of the rare nights when a blue moon appears in the night sky. Director Sarah Murphy said it’s a chance for adults who have instruments lying around, to get together, be creative, and make their contributions to Derry’s celebrations. “We are looking for older people who used to play when they were young or now just play on their own, or people who have

always wanted to play music but haven’t had the chance because of being put off or believing they couldn't due to a disability or mental ill health,” Sarah said. “We use very gentle methods to encourage people to take part depending on their level of ability and we don’t work with written music. We hope to create a large ensemble and finish things off with a flourish at what we hope will be the stunning Blue Moon concert.” Handful Productions has also been awarded £9,000 to use drama to improve the self-esteem of street drinkers in Derry. Working in partnership with De Paul’s Foyle Haven, a drop in centre for street drinkers in the city, the organisation is working with people involved in the centre’s writing group, helping them turn a script they have written about their experiences into a play. The play will initially be staged in the city’s Playhouse Theatre in 2013 and then in venues including schools and community groups. An anthology, containing a collection of the group’s writing including the play, poetry and short stories, will also be published by Guildhall Press. Big Lottery Fund NI Director, Joanne McDowell, said The Big

Lottery Fund and Arts Council of Northern Ireland are delighted to announce the first grants from this programme and would strongly encourage other organisations to apply. ““We would encourage organisations in Derry and across Northern Ireland with an idea for an arts or culture project that links to the City of Culture celebrations and benefits their local community to apply for funding now,” Joanne added. Others projects already awarded funding include a group teaching Armagh young people the rhythms of samba music, a drama performance educating Coleraine young people about the town’s history and culture, and a project teaching acting skills to people with physical and sensory disabilities in Derry. The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. Application forms and guidance notes are available to download now at uk/northernireland. For more details call 02890551455, or e-mail


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‘Spec’tacular fundraising effort by Specsavers Derry Specsavers staff donned their trainers and ‘spec’tacular Action MS T-shirts throughout October in a bid to raise vital funds for the charity Action MS. The Derry store was part of Northern Ireland Specsavers initiative that saw all 17 Specsavers stores across the province

taking part in various fundraising activities, to raise as much money as possible for this excellent local charity. The Derry store raised £600 for Action MS, and also had a sum of Euro contributions. Store director Maeve Walsh commented: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated

money in store. I’d also like to thank all of the store staff who participated in the fundraising initiative. “They put in a huge effort to try and raise as much money as possible. Every penny counted and we’re delighted with the overall amount that our store has raised for the Action MS charity.”

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Mayor Councillor Kevin Campbell has helped launch the Foyle Search and Rescue 2013 Calendar and has urged the public to pick up a calendar as part of their Christmas shopping this year. “The calendar not only celebrates 20 years of this local charity but also will raise much needed funds for the vital service they provide for the citizens of this city. “For many Christmas, New

Year and the weeks leading up to the celebrations can be a very difficult time and Foyle Search and Rescue is there as a support to those affected by suicide and as a frontline emergency response to suicide prevention and intervention in the city. “The calendars are priced at only five pounds and not only will make a nice gift for someone but will also contribute to the day to

day running of the charity and their proposed extension plans to help better their service for the good of our local community. Foyle Search and Rescue is this year’s Mayor’s chosen charity.

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People to have say on city’s regeneration For the first time in three years residents will have a chance to air their views on how the regeneration process of Derry is being carried. The company tasked with the rengeneration of the city, Ilex, in partnership with the University of Ulster and Social Capital North West, will survey residents in the Derry City Council area to get their views on what they want for the future of the city. Over 500 households will be surveyed until December 7 to gauge their views on the regeneration process and to measure progress against the last residential survey which was carried out in 2009. Ilex’s Director of Strategy and Regeneration, Gerard McCleave, said: “This survey will get the reactions of people to the agenda of change which has been taking place in the city. It will assess their views on what they think of progress to date on the One Plan and will get feedback on what residents want to see happening in the near future. “Surveyors will visit homes throughout the Derry City Council. They have all been specially trained to conduct interviews and are well-known individuals within their respective communities. “I urge people to fully participate in this exercise as it will form the basis for the future planning of development  projects and service provision within the city and surrounding areas.” 

City centre parking charges frozen Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has welcomed the Executive’s agreement to fund his proposal to freeze car parking charges throughout Derry until at least 2015. The Minister said: My officials and I have been working hard to gain agreement for the freeze on car parking charges in this budget period and I am pleased that the Executive has come to an agreement on this issue. “This is exactly the sort of mechanism we need to give a confidence boost to traders and those who shop  and work in our towns and

cities and it illustrates that elected representatives can deliver positively for our own people. “I believe that this will be warmly welcomed by shoppers and traders in town centres and it comes at an opportune time in the run up to Christmas.” The proposed increases in off-street parking were for Carlisle Rd, Foyle Rd, Society St, Strand Rd, Victoria Market and Bishop St car parks however this will now not happen. The Minister also committed to ensuring that there will be some free

parking for motorists in most towns. The Minister concluded: “This is excellent news for all those wishing to use Londonderry City centre this Christmas but please do make sure that you park properly and safely for the benefit of everyone.” Glyn Roberts NIIRTA Chief Executive who has been lobbying against parking charges also welcomed the decision. He said: “This is a very welcome development which NIIRTA has been lobbying for to give our town and city centres more support in these difficult times.”

‘Derry’s vulnerable adults deserve better support’ – Cllr Stevenson Concerns have been raised that young adults with learning difficulties are still unable to claim the benefits they are entitled to several months after leaving school. SDLP Councillor Brenda Stevenson has called on Derry City Council to write to the Minister for Social Development to urge him to take action to ensure young adults with learning difficulties are not left abandoned and can claim the benefits they are entitled to once they leave school. Cllr Stevenson said she has been approached by a number of families in recent times, concerned that people with learning difficulties are unable to claim the benefits they are entitled to several months after leaving school. “I am aware of a number of families in Derry who have been affected by this. Their loved ones with learning difficulties have

been unable to access the benefits they are entitled to since they left school this year. Their EMA and Child Benefit entitlement has been taken off them but they are left out in the benefits wilderness when it comes to accessing their new benefits. “It seems parents and carers have to apply through a single Belfast based telephone number. They are experiencing difficulties in getting through to this number and when they go to our local benefits office for help, they are being told they need to  register  through the Belfast based telephone line before assistance can be provided. “Raised this issue within Derry City Council and have asked council to write to the Minister for Social Development asking him to review the current set up. “This cannot be allowed to continue”.

PSNI appeal for witnesses

Police in Derry are appealing for witnesses following a shooting in Waterside area. A number of shots were fired at the living-room window of the house at Jeffrey Avenue at about midnight on Tuesday.

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efforts in raising this magnificent sum of £5,000, greatly appreciated at this time of national austerity when the matter of raising funds has become more and more difficult. “This money will go towards the on-going care of our patients with a life-limiting illness and the much needed

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Derry eurovision star back with a bang By MARK WARAICH

Following the release of her debut album, Frances Campbell confidently looks ahead after a 22 year break from the music industry. Beautiful Age is an album full of specifically selected melodies which have had sentimental value to Frances at some stage in her life. With the help and encouragement of her family and friends, a ten year dream has finally been put into motion. After a long career break it took until the summer of 2011 before things got moving, although it was something Frances always hoped to do. Talking to Frances at the album launch in the City Hotel, she wanted to reiterate how much of a dream come true it has been for her, and hope’s others can experience what she has in the past from her album. “I want people to appreciate the dream come true that I have had, because I’ve dreamt of this for ten years and I’ve always sworn that I’d do it, and I’ve eventually got to doing it,” Frances ex-

plained. “Every song has got a personal residence, they come from the heart, and every song has a story. “There will be one song for everyone, maybe a couple, but there will definitely be one that they will have an affiliation with.” Possibly the biggest pleasure of all for Frances, was the privilege to record the song Beautiful Age, a Foy Vance song which is yet to be released. Foy Vance is a Northern Irish musician from Bangor, who obtained critical acclaim for his album Hope in 2007. “There’s a boy called Foy Vance and he wrote a lovely song called Humming Bird, it’s amazing, he’s kind of a spiritual writer, and he gave me the greatest privilege, the permission to record a song called Beautiful Age, which he himself has not released yet,” Frances explained. Along with herself, Frances had the opportunity to work with a very experienced three piece backing band, consisting of Jonny Scott,

Rod McVeigh and her very own cousin Liam Bradley. Jonny is a hugely talented musician, who used over 15 instruments in the recording of the album, all from different eras. Rod is an extremely talented arranger and keyboard player, who Frances sees as the best producer she has ever worked with, whilst Frances’ cousin Liam is known throughout the world for his music in Irish dancing. She sees the trio as the cream of Northern Ireland, with each of them having had the pleasure to perform alongside Van Morrison at some stage in their career. Her original love for music was folk singing, which she took up at the tender age of 16, and continued right through until her time with Sheeba, the three piece girl band from Ireland. Joining Sheeba at the age of 21, she had the pleasure of representing Ireland at the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest. After their performance of Horoscopes, the girls work-

ing life changed dramatically, gaining gigs across Europe and as far as Japan. Unfortunately this was short lived, with the band suffering a serious car accident forcing them to split. Frances then returned to Derry, and soon after she was invited to take a seat at BBC Radio Foyle, where she carried on for six years with her very successful magazine show, Afternoon Delight. It was at this stage Francis decided to take a career break to spend time with her family. Frances added, “I never really stopped, I just didn’t do it publicly for a long time, and not to the profile I had previously, so I think there’s a time in life for everything and that was my time for family.” Now after 22 years of never giving up, Frances can hopefully look forward to another few years in the music business, maybe more. The album, Beautiful Age is available to buy now, visit Frances’ official website for more information at www.

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Funding Award to the NW Community Gardens & Allotments Project An innovative programme to encourage healthy living has received over a million pounds of European funding. The project will establish 5 community allotments/ gardens – one in each of the 5 Council areas in the North West Region, including Derry City Council. The project also aims to address health inequalities within the region through a healthy living intervention programme which will address the impact of social and economic disadvantage.  These programmes will be intergenerational and include training in areas such as gardening, cooking and green exercise, and will target adults as well as primary and secondary schools. The project will be delivered under the auspices of the North West Region Cross Border Group (NWRCBG) with Strabane District Council leading the implementing with the collaboration of four other local authorities in the region

Derry, Donegal, Limavady and Magherafelt. Strabane councillor Eugene McMenamin and chairman of the NWRCBG welcomed the announcement, saying that the project will enhance local communities by providing a facility where they can learn how to grow and cook their own produce, as well as benefit from fresh air and exercise, and the opportunity to meet with other members of their community”. A recent survey carried out by the project has indicated that there is an increasing general demand for allotment provision in the region and it is expected that that there will be full participation and a high level of usage at the sites.   The project will create 6 jobs which include one Project Officer, and 5 community gardens. For further information on the project, contact Anne McNaught at NW Region Cross Border Group  Email:    anne.mcnaught@

Cash Brokers – We accept anything you have to offer!! With people feeling the economic pinch, the recession has taken its toll on everybody’s finances. However, if you have something of value then Derry’s, ‘Cash Brokers’ is here to help. Established four months ago, Cash Brokers’ Kealan Kelly says that the business has been providing a local service for the community. “We’re opened now about four months, we’re a local store, owned and ran by local people,” Kealan said. Located right in the heart of the city centre, Kealan believes that Cash Brokers can help the people of Derry who are struggling for that much needed money. “We’ve lots of different offers. We have money lending and buy back services. We can do payday loans, cash cheques, accept gold and we charge the cheapest fees.” Kealan explained. Lately our TV screens have been awash with programmes like ‘Hardcore Pawn’ and ‘Pawn Stars’, have been documenting the world of pawn stores, where almost everything has a price. Like these shows, Kealan explained that Cash Bro-

kers will accept anything that a customer has to offer as long as it is worth some value. “We give people the best rates in town, so anything of good quality we can accept. We don’t just stick to the likes of electrical equipment or instruments; we

will take anything that is of value and quality.” Another feature of Cash Brokers is its lay away service, were you can pay up for an item in the shop. “If you see something in the window you want but don’t have the money at that time, you can up

for it over three months.” Kealan continued to say that Cash Brokers will do its best to help somebody out as much as they can. “We try to work with the public as much as we can and help as much as we can.” Kealan said.


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Derry’s newest record label set for launch Sandino’s will play host this Saturday night to the launch of Derry’s newest record label ‘Culture Glitch Records’. Culture Glitch will showcase three artists from the label’s first release, playing live, to what is expected to be a sell out event.

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Over the past 12 Months Culture Glitch have built a platform for electronic artists to release their music, in a professional and fair manor, both locally and across the globe. So far Culture Glitch has signed nine local artists to this first release, which is due to hit the shops in time for the Christmas rush.   With another release due early next year, the label has had a huge amount of interest from new artists looking to join their ranks.  Jonny Delaney, who is one of the founders of Culture Glitch records went on to say that “Culture Glitch will have a dropbox at the gig at the venue for artists to

submit their work for consideration and would urge everyone to use this great opportunity to have their music heard.” Jonny said. This even is to take place at Sandino’s Back Bar, Derry, on Saturday 24th November from 9pm.  Acts confirmed are The Crimson Underground - Live (Padded Chamber Recordings / Culture Glitch Records), Shammen Delly – Live (Culture Glitch Records), Planting – Live (Culture Glitch Records), Plus support from DJs Vincent & Jonny Boy and visuals by F12 (Culture Glitch Records).

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Admission is £5 and all proceeds will fund the labels future growth.

New driving test centre to open in New Year

Details of a new Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) driving test centre to be opened in Derry have been revealed. From Monday January 7 driving tests for cars and motorcycles and for those wishing to become approved driving or motorcycle instructors will be conducted at the new driving test centre at the Glenaden Complex in the Altnagelvin Industrial Estate. All other categories of driving test will continue to be conducted at the Newbuildings test centre as normal. Announcing the new development the DOE Minister Alex Attwood

said: “This will be a big improvement for learner drivers and driving test candidates in the North West. The new site will provide improved facilities for both customers and staff and better access to driving test routes. From the Department’s point of view, it also has space for additional driving test capacity when demand dictates.” Anyone booking an appointment on or after November 26 can select an appointment at the new site. However, driving test appointments can currently be booked for the existing driving test centre at Waterside House for dates up to and including January 3 2013.

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Allocate all extra Uni places to Magee – Mayor The Mayor Councillor Kevin Campbell has called for a joint approach to ensure the 500 new STEM undergraduate places announced by the Department of Education last week are allocated to the University of Ulster’s Magee Campus. The Mayor said he would, in partnership with key stakeholders from the city and region, be lobbying Central Government to make a strong case for Magee University. He said he was aware that

Magee has an approved business case which recognises the need and acknowledges its ability to deliver on additional full-time undergraduate places. “The expansion of the Magee Campus is essential if the city and region is serious about regeneration. In keeping with the ambitions of the One Plan, the development of the university and the provision of skills and jobs are essential if we are to deliver on our objectives for the City and region,” he said.

Boston conference a unique opportunity to develop economic and cultural links The Mayor Cllr Kevin Campbell says his recent trip to Boston to attend the Golden Bridges Conference was a very positive one providing a unique opportunity for delegates to showcase the city ahead of 2013 and the City of Culture. He said the objective of the visit was to create new contacts and nurture a range of relationships that will help create new business opportunities for future research, development and trade linkages with the city. During his trip, the Mayor met with a number of key business contacts with a view to identifying economic and cultural links between the two cities. The Mayor commented: “The city and region has a very strong existing relationship with Boston and the purpose of this visit was to consolidate those existing partnerships and look at new opportunities for developing exciting and innovative research and development projects. It’s never been a better time to promote the North West region and to tell the city’s new story to a world-wide audience, we were proactively encouraging people in the US to Make a Date with Derry and avail of the opportunity to visit the city and region during 2013 and our

Mayor pictured with Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray. City of Culture year.” Derry City Council’s Town Clerk and Chief Executive Sharon O’Connor was among the delegates from the city to attend the event. She said this year’s conference focused on the theme of community, culture and commerce and was of huge significance to the

North West region. “It provided delegates from the North West region with a huge opportunity to promote Derry and Donegal and to welcome its worldwide Diaspora as well as look at new opportunities for economic development and cultural enhancement.” Among the people who met

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Airporters revamped winter timetable brings family home this Christmas. Passengers using the Belfast airports can rely on Airporter’s new winter timetable to get them to the plane on time this Christmas. The bus departures from the award winning Derry based company have been significantly revamped to meet the new flight times, particularly those of Aer Lingus’ planes from Belfast City Airport to London. Aer Lingus recently announced that they were moving their Northern Ireland operations from Belfast International Airport to Belfast City Airport from where they now serve both London Gatwick and London Heathrow via six daily flights.  Together with the existing EasyJet services to Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and Southend from Belfast International passengers now have more travel options and flexibility. “We’ve made it our business to provide a reliable, professional and friendly airport transfer service for the last 16 years and we’re more than happy to amend our timetable specifically to meet the new Aer Lingus flight times,”

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“Helping our Young People to make the Right decisions” Greater Shantallow Community Arts are delighted to offer a unique opportunity for schools, youth clubs, community and statutory organisations that work with and care for our young people from right across our city the chance to engage in The Choices Project. The Choices project is an innovative arts led approach to providing young people with the experience, knowledge and understanding of the key issues and the dangers facing them within our communities. The aim is to forearm them with the ability and rationale to make better life choices and to outline the impact and consequences’ of making the wrong choices. We also highlight what that can mean for themselves, their families and the community they live in. The Choices project will help young people to make better choices by utilising a programme of direct issue-based discussions, dialogues and conversations and will take the form of workshops and will feature the use of specifically designed short films and documentaries made by local young people on the issues of suicide, self harm, drug and alcohol abuse as well as dealing with the issues of internet predators and online

dangers. The films address these issues in an open and frank way. After viewing the films the issues are explored through the use of an internationally recognised developmental technique of, Positive Action Theatre. Positive Action Theatre which engages participants in dialogue on key issues whilst encouraging and exploring alternative responses to the scenarios portrayed in each film. Positive Partnerships for Change Greater Shantallow Community Arts have been supported by the Public Health Agency through the Clear Project a partnership of community and voluntary sector agencies commissioned through “Project Life” the Northern Ireland Suicide Prevent Strategy (2006) which aims to reduce the suicide rate in Northern Ireland and last year deliver hugely successfully pilot programme received an outstanding independent evaluation which has allowed GSCA with the support of the Clear Project and the welcomed support of Children in Need to offer places for 200 young people to engage in the Choices programme. Give your young people to Chance to make better

Choices GSCA are actively seeking and inviting community organisations, schools and those who work with groups of young people to become “partners for change”, Oliver Green Manager of GSCA said; we are looking to work with approximately 10 groups of about 20 young people from across the city, we are offering each group 3 workshops that will explore the issues that matter to young people, their parents and the communities in which we live, the programme is offered completely free to schools and community groups and will provide everything required, we believe the Choices project “will save lives “and will forearm our young people with the skills knowledge and experience to make good life Choices. Taking Part.. Couldn’t be easier! If you, your group or your school would like to avail of this unique opportunity please contact Louise Hughes at Greater Shantallow Community Arts on 02871357443 or by email info@ Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come so please don’t delay we would be delighted to hear from you.

The Redshirts Active Youth Citizenship taking part in the Choices pilot programme

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Participants discussing issues surrounding drugs

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Children in need @ HML

The very shy ... NOT .... Conall Sweeney, pictured at HML during the Children In Need fundraising night

Emmet Ward, left and Tony Moore, counting the coppers at HML during the Children In Need fundraising night

Pudsey pictured at HML with Leah Kelly, left & Catherine Callaghan

Posing during the Children In Need fundraising evening at HML, from left, Louise O’Donnell, Shauna Doherty, Martina Gibson & Stacey Reddin

Pudsey pictured with from left, Michelle McLaughlin, Martina Daly, Caroline McCaul, Louise O’Donnell, Louise Doherty & Joanna Leonard

Tracey Gjorgjievski and Pudsey Bear, at HML during their Children In Need fundraising evening.


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Magee students well placed for future technology employment

The Schrader Electronics Second Year Prize Winner: Joseph Kyle Joseph won the year 2 prize with an overall year average of 82%, having won the year 1 prize last year. Joseph is currently on placement in Du Pont Ltd, Maydown, Derry. Pictured here with Joseph are Professor Liam Maguire, Head of School of Computing and Intelligent Systems and Professor Richard Millar, Dean of Computing and Engineering.

The Ulrich Nehmzow Annual Robotics Prize Winner: Christopher Bryson. Christopher completed his final year project focusing on Brain-Computer Interface technology (BCI). Christopher created an adaptable user interface to improve the interaction between a user and a mobile robot using brainwaves. Pictured here with Christopher are Professor Liam Maguire, Head of School of Computing and Intelligent Systems and Professor Richard Millar, Dean of Computing and Engineering.

The Kainos Prize Winner: Sean Carlin (Parents attending on his behalf to collect). Sean achieved a first class honours in the BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree with Diploma in Professional Practice with commendation. Pictured here with Sean’s father John are Declan Caddell, Head of Kainos, Derry and Professor Richard Millar, Dean of Computing and Engineering.

Asidua Final Year Prize BEng (Hons) Electronics and Computer Systems Winner: Ayleen McCann. Ayleen graduated in July 2012 with second class honours upper division with Diploma in Professional Practice with commendation. She is currently employed in software development in InVision Software, Springtown Business Park, Derry. Pictured here with Ayleen are Angela Canavan, Chief Operations Officer, Asidua and Professor Richard Millar, Dean of Computing and Engineering

Dr James Nesbitt, University of Ulster Chancellor, pictured with Professor Deirdre Heenan, PVC (Communication) and Provost (Coleraine and Magee) and Drama students at the Foyle Arts Building.

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Important part of Ireland’s sporting culture By UNA CARLIN

Located in the church ruin at Cloncha, in Culdaff lay’s the galloglass stone of Magnus Mac Orristin Ia Fo Triat Seo. Though not from a noble family as no family crest adorns his memorial, in the eyes of his peers, Magnus must have been a heroic figure. He had the credentials associated with success and heroism: only a sportsman and warrior of outstanding skill would merit having his emblems sculpted on his tomb in the manner of earls, bishops and their likes. The camán on the slab reminds us that primitive versions of hurling was played in Ireland in ancient times, evidence of which goes back over 2000 years. A curved stick was used (camán from the Irish cam  meaning crooked). In Inishowen, it was a popular winter sport enjoyed by the gentry and ordinary folk particularly in post-medieval times. There was a great tradition in Inishowen of playing the game on Christmas Day between rival townlands. Even in the nineteenth century it crossed political and social boundaries. There

was no fixed pitch and the game traversed from one townland to another using a home-made sliotar (ball). Some years ago a replica of the Galloglas stone was placed in the Croke Park museum because of its significance to our sporting history. In the modern Scottish game of shinty their caman is closer in appearance to the original camán than our modern hurl.  Scotland was gaelicised from about the 6th  century onward from Ireland through both Christian evangelists like St. Cholmcille and through movement of the Dal Riada from Antrim into western Scotland. Hurling as well as the Irish Language were brought to Scotland at that time. Shinty (known in Scotland as Camanachd) is very similar to a type of hurling originally played in the northern half of Ireland, suggesting that it is a continuation of an Irish sporting tradition in Gaelic Scotland. The sword has been identified as a two-handed Scottish claymore  “claidheamh

mór”, a crude weapon of medieval warfare, commonly used by Gallóglaich (Galloglas) in the most brutal phase of battle. An elite class of mercenaries from the mixed Scottish-Viking population of the Hebrides were recruited to counteract the English invaders with their heavily armoured, mounted knights and lances. They were called in Irish “Gallóglaich “meaning “foreign young warriors” due to their Viking blood. A military leader would often choose a galloglas to serve as his personal aide and bodyguard because, as a foreigner, the galloglas would be less subject to local feuds and influences. They mainly depended upon seasonal service with Irish chieftains. They  transformed Irish warfare from the Bruce Invasions (131518) onward, though the first record of galloglas service under the Irish was in 1259, when  Aedh  Ó  Conchobair, King of Connacht,  received a dowry of 160 Scottish warriors from the daughter of the King of the Hebrides. They were better armed

and armoured than the kerns (the local version of light infantry). The galloglas wielded the massive two-handed sparth axe and a broadsword or claymore. They wore an iron bascinet (skullcap), and either a mail shirt or a short cape of mail over a padded quilted coat called a “cotun” They went barelegged and often barefooted. Each was usually accompanied by two boys, much like a knight’s squires, who carried his supplies, armour, and his secondary weapons, three light Irish javelins or “darts”. The unit of 3 was called a “spar”, and the standard grouping of one hundred spars was known as a “Corrughadh”. Islay,  Mac Dubhghaill (Macdougall/ McDowell from Lorne, Mac Ruairí  (MacRory) from Bute, Mac Síthigh (MacSheehy / Sheehy) from Kintyre, MacSuibhne (MacSweeney / Sweeney) from Knapdale and Mac Aodha (McCoy) from Kintyre.  The town of Milford, County Donegal, retains in its Irish name,  Baile na nGallóglach,

131x170mm 3mmbleed.indd 1 a gall memory of a fight between the English and the MacSuibhnes. In Dungiven Priory the 15th century O’Cahan tomb features carved relief galloglas figures. Medieval

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Derry set for language heritage project The University of Ulster has been successful in its bid to carry out a Language Heritage and Good Relations Project with rural communities in the Derry City Council Area. The ‘Parallel’ project will explore language heritage, concentrating on the languages of English, Irish and Ulster-Scots and the relationships that exist between them. The project team is now seeking to invite a rural community in the Derry City Council area to take part in the initiative. The University of Ulster’s Dr Frank Ferguson, from the Arts and Humanities Research Institute on the Coleraine campus and Dr Peter Smith, from the Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute at Magee, who are leading the project team, said:

“We are very excited to be charting the historic and contemporary languages of rural Derry/Londonderry and exploring the relationships that exist between them.” The project will be delivered in two stages. In the first stage, the project team will gather detailed information about languages in the participating rural community, and in the second stage, they will directly engage with groups and individuals from the community to find out what relationship people living in the area have with the languages of English, Irish and Ulster-Scots. The team will also make recordings of oral history which will be used to create a website and a physical timeline illustrating language heri-

Funding Workshops in the Western Health & Social Care Trust The Community Support Services for Drugs & Alcohol are hosting three Funding Workshops in the Western Health & Social Care Trust area during November and December 2012. The ‘Applying to Grant-makers’ workshop provides participants with an overview of the funding available from government, corporate and independent grant-making trusts.  There will be an introduction to the application process through a practical look at application forms.  The Workshop also seeks to give participants an understanding of the funder’s viewpoint so they can improve the likelihood of fundraising success. This Workshop Training will include: - Understand typical application questions and how to answer them - Understand the funder’s viewpoint?! - Knowledge of typical sources of funding - Knowledge of the funding application process - Alternative Sources of Funding Date: Thursday November 29 – 10am – 1.00pm – Whitehorse Inn, Derry.

tage in the participating area, past and present. The project seeks to promote good relations by raising awareness of shared linguistic heritage at a local level and the project facilitators would like to get in touch with rural groups and/or communities based in the Derry City Council area, who would be interested in taking part. If you would like this opportunity to explore the language heritage of your own rural community and would like to take part in the project contact Dr Frank Ferguson by Friday November 23 and  briefly outline your reasons for wishing to take part. Contact Dr Ferguson at: Or telephone 028 70123577.

Children in Crossfire seek festive volunteers

Children in Crossfire are looking for Volunteers of all ages backgrounds and abilities to give some time to help with a range of festive fundraising activities in the weeks leading up to Christmas. We are looking for volunteers to help with Carol Service Collections and Christmas Gift wrapping in Derry-Londonderry City centre. These volunteering activi-

ties are suitable for both groups and individuals. The money raised with your help will go towards Children in Crossfires projects in Tanzania, Ethiopia and The Gambia helping some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children.  For further information please contact Mark or Eileen on 028 71 269898 or

Promoting Mental-Emotional Health, Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention in NI The Public Health Agency Northern Ireland has developed National Standards for Quality Training (SQTNI) in the areas of Promoting Mental-Emotional Health, Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention. The Standards framework enables those offering training and education in this area to achieve recognised and endorsed standards; endorse their expertise in training and education in this area and reward their commitment to excellence in training. The Public Health Agency are a lead commissioner of training services and from 2013 the Public Health Agency will require all groups applying for funding for training to demonstrate their commitment to attaining the standards. Who is this event for? This event will be of particular interest to agencies, organisations and trainers operating in Northern Ireland who are already involved with or who

have a view to becoming involved with the delivery of training in the areas of Promoting Mental-Emotional Health, Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention in Northern Ireland. Benefits of Attending: - Gain an understanding of the National Standards for Quality Training in Promoting Mental, Emotional Health, Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention in Northern Ireland. (SQTNI) - Have an opportunity to learn about what SQTNI will mean for you and your organisation. - Explore how the SQTNI can be implemented within an organisation. - Meet your local SQTNI contact. - Receive a hard copy of SQTNI. Dec 3, 10am – 1pm.  Strabane Community Library & Alley Theatre, Railway Street, Strabane.  Book online at sqtnistrabane.

Hazelbank forms new residents group Residents in the Hazelbank area of the city have formed a new residents group. Welcoming the formation of the new group, Northlands Sinn Féin councillor Eric McGinley described the move by residents as an indication of the desire of the people in the area to bring a new dynamic to community renewal and regeneration. Councillor McGinley said: “I would like to commend all the residents who attended this public meeting and those who also took up posi-

tions within the new group. The formation of the resident's group is an indication of the desire within the area to build on the work carried out by activists down through the years and to bring a new dynamic to community renewal and regeneration. I was glad to be in attendance to offer  Sinn Féin's support to the new group and I look forward to working closely with the committee and wider Hazelbank community.

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Do you enjoy singing? If you do then how about coming along to a session on November 22 at 7pm in the Crèche building at the back of Ballymagroarty Community Centre, Shaw Court.  We’re looking to build up numbers with a view to starting a choir in the New Year.  The aim of the choir is to provide opportunities for local people to have fun through singing.  Whilst everyone is welcome, we’re particularly looking for the people of Hazelbank and Ballymagroarty to get involved. Currently we don’t have any men, so if you know any men who like to sing pass the word on! Initially the choir will be an adult choir, so as long as you like to sing please come along and try one of our taster sessions.  Please spread the word! If you know anyone else who you think might be interested pass on the details.  For further information or enquiries please contact Geraldine or Nóra at Ballymagroarty Hazelbank Community Partnership on 028 71271977 (9-5 Monday to Thursday and 9-3.30 on Fridays).

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Eamonn Deane & Maureen Hetherington welcome the Dalai Lama to Derry

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Gay McIntyre, Charlie O’Donnell & Seamus Ball at the Holy Family reunion

A Fire Eater at Magazine Gate on Hallowe’en

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Belfast poised to tackle city of culture programme Following the publication of an impressive schedule of events for the City of Culture year, Belfast based news & media outlets have unveiled their own ambitious plans for showcasing Derry-Londonderry in 2013. Reports suggest that UTV and the Belfast Telegraph (among others) are planning on panic reporting every innocuous negative news story west of the River Bann over the next 18 months - preferably at the expense of allocating airtime to more serious Belfast based news pieces. “Our policy of pretending that the entire civilised population of Northern Ireland lives in greater Belfast is the cornerstone of our ethos.” said Roland McChipsticks from Blagstuff Media. “That said, there are some great acts lined up for City of Culture 2013, and we look forward to giving them prime coverage!.” “….provided someone up that neck of the woods doesn’t kidnap a wheelie bin and make hostage demands of course. Then we’d be

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terly ridiculous £4.6million on a temporary venue that looks like a cow shed” he added. It is thought that a business consortium in Dungiven is eyeing up the Ebrington ‘Vital Venue’ as a potential investment opportunity beyond 2013. “Aye sur she’s a quare yoke thon” said Francis-John-Francis Morrow from County Derry. “Ye’d get more heffers than a could shake a stick at into thon shuck” he remarked, apparently making sense to the 17 people in the back of his transit van who were all eating lunch from Family Circle biscuit tins “If she needs a spot of dry lining giv us a bell sur!” he added before speeding off to find a shop that sold the Daily Sport. For more information on the great programme of events planned for Derry-Londonderry 2013, visit

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Top Christmas tips It is around this time every year that your chest starts to feel a little tight and your blood pressure rises. No, you’re not having a heart attack; it’s just that Christmas is approaching – FAST! Despite it being a time to relax and unwind, there’s barely any time for that: there are presents to buy, food to prepare, trees to decorate and parties to organise, all while avoiding a crippling credit card bill in January. So, in preparation, here is the City Herald’s top ten Christmas planning tips. Get started early, tick things off your list, and rather than checking yourself into a hospital for exhaustion this December, you’ll be scoffing down on your Christmas dinner, wondering how you ever pulled off the best Christmas ever. 1. Grab a notepad and pen, and jot down every single task you need to complete, from the people you need to buy presents for (if you’re super organised, add some ideas to the list), to the in-

gredients in your Christmas dinner. 2. Jump online and get researching! Compare prices, make an action plan and decide on which gifts you’re going to buy. 3. Set your kids a very important job this Christmas – making the wrapping paper and tree decorations. It will be a fun weekend activity that they will take very seriously. Let them know you will forward onto Santa so he can wrap their gifts in time. 4. Decide on what theme you’d like to decorate your house – are you going for the traditional red and green, or something more modern, like silver and blue. 5. Plan early and take advantage of Christmas clubs at your favourite shops. For example, having one lump sum for the kids presents and paying it off weekly will help you stick to the budget and won’t seem like such a mammoth task. 6. Speaking of the kids, don’t forget their table.

Decorations cost next to nothing and can be reused next year! And if you do it right – fun activities included - they won’t want to leave! 7. Don’t leave your food and drink plans until the last minute. Dig up old family recipes and replicate these for your Christmas guests! You can even make individual portions and wrap with a handwritten note  plus recipe  for a cute gift. 8. It might not seem like a big deal, but plan what you are going to wear on Christmas Day, especially if you are attending a special dinner or event. It will be one less thing to worry about! 9. Be armed with a list of back-up gifts in your head that are quirky-yet-personal, in case you get 24 hours outside of Christmas and there are gaps under your tree. Always have a couple of boxes of chocolates on standby for unexpected guests. 10. But most important of all – enjoy yourself!! Christmas is the season to be jolly!


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Must get Christmas Christmas Stocking Fillers Thorntons Personalised Truffles 22 Chocolate Box

What could be a more welcome surprise than a delicious box of sumptuous Thorntons truffles, where the chocolates are fully personalised to form a message of your choice? Make your message as unique and meaningful as you want, and this box of treats will arrive with the words written in icing across 22 mouth-watering truffles. From anniversaries to birthdays, this box of chocolate delights will show them you care.

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presentsChildren’s of 2012! Christmas Gifts Candy Floss Maker

Everyone loves Candy Floss! Just the smell takes you back to days at the fairground, park and just lazing on a summer’s day. Now you can recreate those days in the comfort of your own home with the JM Posner Candy Floss maker. Simply drop a spoonful of sugar into the top of the machine, add a little colouring if you wish, turn it on and hey presto candy floss, yummy! For plain fluffy candy floss, just add caster sugar, for traditional pink add a couple of drops of food colouring with the sugar, green colouring works great for Halloween, in fact experiment with whatever colours you like. The fun doesn’t stop there with this amazing little machine you can even drop two or three of your very favourite hard boiled sweets into it for a wild array of tasty flavours!

Perfume Laboratory

It is an amazing thing to be able to create a sensationally sassy signature scent for yourself or someone that you love! The Perfume Laboratory makes it easy! Wild Science has created an informative and super fun way for you to learn about the chemistry of every aroma! Whether you would like to make a bodacious bouquet or an offensive odour, the Perfume Laboratory will be there to lead the way! This Perfume Laboratory contains all you need to make your own perfume and heavenly scents. There’s a multitude of things to try out - from scented crystals, to scented note paper!

Walltastic Football Crazy Mural Wall Stickers

These awesome designs are certainly not your grandmother’s wallpaper! The Football Crazy Walltastic has been designed to bring you your very own football stadium and will provide your child with endless hours of fun! This new and innovative product is an ingenious gift for the little football lover in your life. Similar to bedroom wall stickers these are the next generation of unique 3D computer generated designer wallpaper for kids. Walltastic is basically wallpaper for bedrooms or children’s playrooms but with a subtle difference… Each player comes in an all white strip which can be coloured in, in your favourite team’s colours. You can even fill in the scoreboard too. Close your eyes and you can almost hear the cheers of the crowd and feel the excitement of the game.

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Hold the whole world in your hand with this glorious gadget.Well, maybe not the whole world, but you can certainly fit this Micro Helicopter in the palm of your hand. The PicooZ compact flying devise may be small but it certainly packs a lot of power. Your son or daughter will love to play with this fabulous flyer for hours on end. Why not provide absolute aviation for the budding pilot in your life. The Pico Z is so tiny, only 16 cm long, that it has acquired Guinness World Record status as the smallest remote controlled helicopter in the whole World.

Ideal Christmas presents for your partner Professional Manicure/Pedicure

With this luxury professional kit bag you can have pampered digits all day everyday! The kit includes everything you’d ever need to produce a professional finish manicure or pedicure, including a Professional Kit Bag, Large Nail Clippers, Small Nail Clippers, Nail Scissors, Glass Nail file, Nail Buffer & Conditioning Set, Professional nail Stone, Peppermint Foot Gel, Plastic Foot Rasp Roller, Nail & Hand Cream & Nail Whitening Tablets.

Personalised Bottle of Red Wine

What better way to celebrate an occasion than with a personalised bottle of red wine. This 75cl bottle of French wine comes with a beautifully designed label, personalised with name, date and greeting. This unique gift is perfect for a birthday, anniversary, wedding, retirement, house moving, in fact any occasion or celebration. The wine itself is a deliciously moorish Merlot. A deliciously smooth, medium bodied wine jam-packed with aromas of ripe dark berry fruits. The palate shows hints of vanilla spice and cherries, well balanced and easy drinking. Great with steaks, spicy dishes and mature cheeses. Your personalised wine comes with a card so you can personalise your message with the name of the recipient (35 characters) and a greeting (255 characters).

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Santa’s Grotto @ Prehen House When Colin Peck's partner complained that he was bad at doing Christmas, he took things to extremes. Not content with dressing up as Santa and 'Yo Ho Hoing' about the house, he built his own Santas Grotto. 'I didn't have much to do really; the 18th Century vaulted brick cellars of Prehen were practically purpose built for where one imagines Santa warming his toes.' He says. 'It was just a hop and a skip to my fantasy Grotto with a sleigh and some snow effect.' It was extremely effective and opened to the howls of delight of hundreds of children and is now in its third year. It is not just Santa's Grotto, it is also where he sleeps and eats, so children get to look around the grade A listed property looking for clues of Santa's presence. 'It is totally different to other Grottos,' says Colin's partner Alison, 'apart from the sleigh, everything is real and looks the part: ready to fire up any childs imagination; there is a fantastic collection of antiques about the house so it is also educational.' The visit takes some time and is interesting for adults too, Prehen itself is a major tourist attraction with one of Ulsters finest interiors. 'Took the kids at Christmas time to see Santa and it was just lovely. A full hour of searching the house for Santa, hot chocolate and home baking in the kitchen by candlelight and then a go on Santas sleigh before seeing the man himself. Magical!' Wrote a contented visitor. Alison now has to eat her words as she bakes the cakes!

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Cuisine á la Forbes

Panna cotta with blueberry compote

Café Del Mondo head chef Steven Forbes serves up a treat for the readers of The Herald with some truly excellent cuisine. Panna cotta is a great light desert to have after a heavy meal. If it’s done right the panna cotta should keep its shape and not be too firm. I remember in Holland having the most perfect panna cotta, It was so light and my spoon went straight through it. Ever since I’ve wanted to master it and this recipe makes it just right.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: 1 vanilla pod300ml double cream

300ml milk

6 tablespoons of caster sugar

2 tablespoons water

2 teaspoons of powered gelatine

4 tablespoons of sugar

3 tablespoons port

1 tablespoons water

200g blueberries 1 tablespoon of lemon juice For the panna cotta, spilt the vanilla pod and place in a pan with the cream, milk and sugar and gently simmer for five minutes, then remove from the heat. Put the water and powered gelatine into a pan and gently heat and whisk until the gelatine has dissolved. Remove the vanilla pod from the cream and add the dissolved gelatine. Pour the mixture into 6cm ramekins and allow to set in the fridge for 3-4 hours. For the blueberry compote mix sugar, Port & water together. Add blueberries and cook over med-low heat stirring until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat add lemon juice.

A compulsively readable novel Book: The Help Author : Kathryn Stockett I sat down one evening to skim through the first few pages of The Help  to determine if I would proceed with a full read. I was immediately hooked and a couple of sessions later I closed the back cover. I didn't have to work hard- this is a compulsively readable novel. That this is such an easy read troubles me. Its subject matter is as heavy as Mississippi in August, but the tone is often as breezy as girls' night out in Venice Beach. For all the accolades and attention Kathryn Stockett has received for telling the hidden-in-plain-sight truth of Jim Crow South in the 1960's, I felt cheated by her storytelling. Aibileen and Minny, black women who have spent their lives in service to white families, are portrayed with unsentimental clarity. These women are the real stories, the voices I most wanted to hear. Yet it was as if Stockett didn't trust her ability to carry a full novel in these characters. Instead, she relies

on Skeeter - a young white woman who is having a "Eureka" moment of conscience and self-awakening - as the central protagonist. Skeeter is not a compelling narrator and every moment with her was a moment stolen from the characters whose lives should have been the central focus, the eponymous "Help". In addition, the character of Celia is wasted in a mush of contradictions and implausible behavior. It makes zero sense that a tough-as-nails girl from the hollers couldn't boil water for coffee. Her presence in the plot is inexplicable, as she neither evolves as a character nor moves the story along. Oddly enough, I adored her. I just wish she would have been allowed to grow and participate in the story, instead of remaining its unfunny punchline. The narrative comes alive in the delicate dance of shame, anger, control and love experienced by so many of the characters, white and black.

The real story is rock-solid Aibileen in the Leefolt home as the family cook, maid and child care provider; it is rebel Minny submitting to her abusive husband, determined to keep her family together; it is society-grasping Elizabeth Leefolt, as she feels the desperate tug between convention and her conscience, which struggles to rise from the swamp of racial segregation; it is the deep love between Aibileen and little Mae Mobley Leefolt, contrasted brilliantly with the cold affect Mae Mobley receives from her emotionally stunted mother. These relationships are so compelling, you know that Stockett is writing from her heart, and they are what make this a beautiful read. The awakening of the women who constitute "The Help" as they tell their stories are also remarkable. But again, the milquetoast and ironically ambitious Skeeter, with her hapless attempts at romance, gets in the way. There is a

moment when her motives at gathering and publishing these stories are questioned by an embittered maid, Gretchen, but Stockett drops this in and quickly retreats. It's as if she isn't certain herself who should profit from the telling of these stories, the white woman who can walk away from controversy to a shiny new life in New York City, or the black women who risk everything- their jobs, their homes, and their livesto share the truth. In the end, I felt that The Help was written with the specific motive of attracting mainstream success. There is potential for a much more profound and revelatory story from this gifted and passionate writer. It made me long for the heartbreaking honesty and poetry of Maya Angelou's ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ and, Harper Lee's ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. These novels have withstood the test of history; I don't see The Help holding the same ground.


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Success or failure - your choice City of Culture 2013 will bring with it an unprecedented increase in new business ventures, creating great benefit to the City and to our local economy. The aim for the business owner however is to build a solid foundation to ensure success and continuity after 2013. The bad news is, 85% of business start-ups fail in year one. Only 4 in every 100 survive the first 10 years. So what will make you fail? Simple really, the main reasons given for failure are the lack of planning and support. The good news is there is plenty of support locally. So what is your next step? You must invest time to thoroughly research your market, develop a business plan and prepare financial projections. This will be your road map to success. Trading name, business structure, products or services, staffing requirements and pricing model all have to be determined but more importantly you need to prove the viability of your business idea. Do not underestimate the time required to pull all this together.

To succeed you need to have a good support mechanism and for those skills you lack, train up or buy in. Profits may not be generated overnight so it is essential that you have some means of supporting yourself in those first few months. Surround yourself with can do people. Build a team of professionals that can work in partnership with you to ensure the success and future growth of your business. Turn your dreams into reality and be part of the 15% success story. Join a team who will make sure you get the right advice. Check out, for an Initiative that provides free mentoring and signposting for SME's. Support My Business NI are holding a series of free workshops over the next year on various business topics. Book now for the first in the series - Increasing Profits Through Exceptional Customer Experience on 29 November. For your free eBooks and checklists on starting a new business visit us at or call Conor on 02871 370886.

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It’s a wonderful world - we can do and see things which were never an option for even our parent’s generation. Broadband, Sky and Ryanair are just three examples of the ways in which progress has changed the world for us all. My youngest has just gone off to uni and already I am resigned to having to wait for the Christmas vacation before I listen to my iPod again. I long ago despaired of being able to hold my own with my mobile phone and as for photography - I can’t think when I last took a photo in spite of having boxes of snaps from the 80‘s and 90‘s. We were a simple people. But you do not need to worry, not everything has to have “the science bit” and even today many people turn to the contents of the fruit bowl or fridge to make things like face masks or to condition their hair. Avocado pears can be mashed up and smoothed on your face or cucumber slices laid on tired eyelids so we should not be surprised to see oils extracted from popular fruits playing a prominent role in more formal skincare products which make the most of the different plant extracts which we can now access from all over the world. NATURAL PLANT OILS Peaches and apricots, olives and avocado pears for example, all have more to offer than mere culinary ingredients. Because fruit are organic - that is, they have grown and developed as living plants - their structures, whether skin, fruit or nuts and seeds contain proteins, fats and vitamins which are

not found in mineral oils such as petrolatum. (Petrolatum is the oil left over from the production of fuel oils such as unleaded petrol and diesel oil and is widely used in cosmetics. Examples are baby oil and surprisingly Bio Oil which is essentially fragranced mineral oil.) Not having been produced from a test tube means that one little drop of plant oil can offer a lot more than a single lonely chemical reaction. Avocado pears are a good example. The botanical name for the avocado is Persea (a tender evergreen tree) gratissima (a Latin word meaning “most pleasing” ) and a most pleasing evergreen tree it is, having been cultivated for over 7000 years in those tropical parts of the American continent where it comes from. The fruit of the avocado is virtually a whole food in itself with a wide range of vital oils both saturated and unsaturated in its flesh and unsurprisingly the oil extracted from it is rich in vitamins A, B1,B2 and D and minerals which we ourselves need for healthy metabolism such as magnesium, calcium and copper. The Aztecs used to apply the pulp of avocado pears as face masks to prevent wrinkles so using avocados as part of your beauty regime is obviously nothing new. I love avocado oil in soap and always use it; I produce my own soap with this key ingredient included. Avocado adds a uniquely moisturising quality to the lather and many people find soap made with avocado oil very

calming for dry or irritated skin. Avocado oil is felt to be exceptionally well absorbed and as, like shea butter, it can remain unchanged in a batch of soap after it has been made, using natural soap made with avocado oil means that you are applying avocado oil with each wash, helping to keep mature skins supple and benefiting anyone who finds their skin on the dry end of the spectrum. PEACHES, APRICOTS AND OLIVE As we are used to finding peaches and apricots next to each other in the supermarket it should come as no surprise to find that they are both part of the same genus of plants, Prunus, which also includes cherries, plums and almonds. The oils extracted from them also have a lot in common. The kernels of both apricots and peaches are crushed and the oils extracted to release complex oils which are readily absorbed and excellent for protection of the skin, being emollient and nourishing and a source of a number of essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid , precursors of Omega oils, vital for our health. These gentle odourless oils are very popular for the relief of itching caused by eczema and for dry or ageing skin. Peach kernel oil in particular is often recommended for facial massage and these oils provide an ideal base for body oils and skin care creams which need to be non-irritating and non-sensitising. Rough skin conditions such as keratosis pilaris and ichthyosis can benefit more from gentle

massage with pure plant oils than scrubbing with exfoliators and scrubs, while research has shown that the best long term outcome for scars and stretch marks is obtained with regular massage rather than “miracle” creams. Until the advent of foreign holidays and the likes of the Galloping Gourmet (an early version of Nigella Lawson) most of us only came into contact with olive oil when our ears were blocked with wax when out would come the little bottle of oil most homes kept to restore hearing DIYstyle. Nowadays languishing on the sofa with a trickle of grease running down your neck is a thing of the past and olive oil is a regular item on the groceries list. NOT JUST FOR SALAD’S The popularity of olive oil has increased so much partly as a result of increased awareness of its health benefits and we can now pick and choose from a fantastic variety of olive oil based spreads and dressings and indeed closer inspection of the labels on popular skincare products illustrates just how significant a role olive oil plays for our general health. Taken internally whether in cooked foods or neat, olive oil is a central part of the famous Mediterranean Diet but olive oil is equally valuable as a skincare staple. Like avocado oil, olive oil is extracted from the flesh of the fruit, not the seed and the resultant oil is then filtered to be prepared for use. It is a particularly rich source of unsaturated fatty acids and is also rich in Vitamin E.

Dr Maria McGee MB ChB is a medical doctor and Natural Skin Care expert. She founded Marble Hill to produce her own range of Natural Skin Care products to offer a natural alternative to commercial cosmetics. Marble Hill manufactures their natural skin care range at Unit 35 Northwest Business Complex Skeoge Industrial Estate right here in Derry and their products can be bought online at Locally Marble Hill products are stocked by Belmont Pharmacy on the Culmore Rd, Whitehouse Pharmacy, Buncrana Road, The Healthy Way in Shipquay Place and Brookmount Pharmacy in Omagh


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Panto time again at The Millennium Forum

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall… who has the brightest panto of them all? A magic mirror, a jealous queen, a poisoned apple and the tiniest friends ever imagined – it’s panto time again at the Forum! Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again when Derry’s biggest Panto comes to town (Oh Yes It Is!). Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs arrives at the Millennium Forum from Friday November 30 to Saturday January 5 2013 for a festive extravaganza that all the family will love. With a host of local stars, such as Gemma McMeel as Snow White, Darren Franklin as the very handsome Prince Charming and Super Funny Man William Caulfield as Nurse Molly Coddle this year’s annual panto is the must-see show of the season! Also, don’t miss the special ‘magical appearance’ by singer, Daniel O’Donnell as the Man in the Magic Mirror. Hilarity by the bucket load – so get your tickets fast! The story of the beautiful Snow White and her tiny

friends has entertained children for generations. The Forum has taken the traditional story, added a little dash of Christmas sparkle, loads of laughs and a supremely talented, all singing, all dancing, cast and the result is - a Panto to Remember and a perfect festive treat for all the family. Step into Christmas and have a truly magical family experience at the Forum with this fun-filled favourite. Packed with great song and dance routines, hilarious comedy, dazzling scenes and magical special effects, Snow White

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November Events The Undertones

The Nerve Centre – Novemeber 23 The Undertones return to the Nerve Centre on the 23rd of November to mark the 25th Foyle Film Festival on the same night as we screen the movie  Good Vibrations  which charts the life story of Terri Hooley, the DJ and record store owner who was instrumental in bringing the punk movement to Belfast and launching the careers of legendary bands such as The Undertones, Rudi, and The Outcasts.  Time: 8pm Tickets: £15 + BOOKING FEE

Conal Gallen - Laugh Out Loud!

Millennium Forum November 24 Hot on the heels of his record-breaking standup television show, Ireland’s number one comedian returns to the Millennium Forum for what promises to be one of the funniest shows you are ever likely to see. After his sell-out tour in spring, the comic makes a welcome return to one of his favourite venues. His show is littered with hilarious jokes, stories and songs.   Time: 8:00pm Tickets: £20

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Millennium Forum November 30-January 5 A magic mirror, a jealous queen, a poisoned apple and the tiniest friends ever imagined – it’s panto time again at the Forum! The Millennium Forum is well known for its outstanding Christmas pantomimes and this year’s production promises to be the best yet. Telling the story of the young princess who finds herself on the run from her wicked stepmother and takes refuge in the forest with seven pint-sized men, SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS remains one of the best-love pantomimes of all time. Packed with great song and dance routines, hilarious comedy, dazzling scenes and magical special effects, this  festive  favourite is fun for all the family from 4-94! Featuring William Caulfield and a star studded local and Northern Irish cast with a special ‘magical’ appearance by Daniel O’Donnell, this energetic Christmas treat is sure to be a hit with audiences far and wide.  Time: Contact Box Office Tickets: Contact Box Office

Richard Hawley

The Nerve Centre December 1 Richard Hawley, the critically-acclaimed guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer, one time Longpig and member of Pulp, but most known as the writer and singer behind Mercury Prize winning album Cole Corner and Mojo record of the Year Trueloves Gutter, plays at the Nerve Centre in December. Time: 8:00pm Tickets: £20 (Excluding booking fee)

David O’Doherty

Millennium Forum December 7 Winner: 2008 Edinburgh Comedy Award Life is a marathon, not a sprint. But it is a sort of marathon that you really have to sprint. And there are hurdles and weights to lift. And swimming. And shooting. Life is basically The Olympics. But at the end you don’t get a medal, you die.  Time: 8:00pm Tickets: £15.50


My, My, My, Local boy Darrell finds global success By NIALL WILSON

During the late hours of Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning most people are either sleeping or trying to press snooze on their alarm clocks. This wasn’t the case for Darrell Coyle and the people behind Walled City Records who had been up through night tracking the progress of the local singer/songwriter’s newly released E.P ‘My, My, My.’ When I click on to the Walled City Records Facebook page I see this phrase under their logo “Walled City Records will distribute artists’ music to a global audience through 27 stores including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.” Clearly the Derry-based record label were true to their word as Darrell’s E.P charted in nine different countries and even reached number 63 in the US album chart on iTunes. Darrell is currently living and studying in Liverpool but regardless of his current location he is reaching a global audience each and every day. This success is largely down to the support he has been given by Walled City Records; a record label created by local Derry singer and Glee star Damian McGinty and local producer Oran O’Carroll. “Walled City Records began in Audio Booth Studio back in June.

through 27 stores such as iTunes, Amazon etc. In many ways the label is pioneering the way in which labels will operate in the future. “We have the ability to distribute music from an unlimited digital source,” Mr O’Carroll continued, “many labels produce thousands of CD’s for each artists’ work but in reality that can be very expensive and time consuming. We’re able to reach a global audience through a small room in a Derry Studio without a limit.” In many ways the two men running the label seem to complement each other. As both have deep passions for music they are quite different in many ways. Damian McGinty, a global star with a fan base of around 1 million people, is able to publicise the music and advertise to a worldwide audience through social media outlets whilst being able to give advice to the artists. While, on the other hand, Oran works on the production of the artists’ music and working with the general musical side of the label. Oran commented on Darrells success saying, “to be honest I didn’t expect the 8 country charting, never mind a top 10 spot in Mexico. This week has been up there with some of the best days of the year. We’ll be looking to have Darrell doing gigs and the label as a whole

be honest I didn’t expect the 8 “ Tocountry charting, never mind a top

10 spot in Mexico. This week has been up there with some of the best days of the year. We’ll be looking to have Darrell doing gigs and the label as a whole .

Obviously we only had the studio at the time but we were always intending to open a label. I spent a lot of time researching the different ways of running a studio and made sure I was prepared before we did,” Said Oran O’Carroll. “Darrell came in around July and started recording. He was the first artist we signed to the label and we got straight into recording as soon as he came in.” The main aim for Walled City Records is to give artists a chance to get their music distributed globally

will be working very closely with City of Culture 2013 so there will be definitely be a lot of new artists about and loads of new, great music. Over next week we’ll be getting back sales reports and also getting back word to see if Darrell’s E.P made it into the US Billboard Chart.” If My, My, My reaches the US Billboard Chart, Walled City Records will be the first ever Indie Record Label to take its first artist into the Billboard Chart and eight different countries. The achievement in itself for Dar-

rell to release his own music has been something special to him. “I had always written my own music but didn't show anyone because it was just a wee personal project, until about November 2011 when I put ‘Bones’ on my Facebook page for a bit of fun, and that’s when I took it a lot more seriously. My, My, My was written just like any of my other songs, I write a tune and a melody, and play around with it until something sounds good. “So My My My just came out one day, and I eventually created the rest of the song from it. It took me about a week to write, and then I listened to it on my phone everyday on holiday so I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it when I got home to the studio.” I was also able to get Damian’s reaction on Darrell’s successful start into the music industry. “It’s an incredible achievement. Something Oran and I have been working on all year now. It’s really amazing for us to see this happen. This isn’t a bad start that’s for sure, but we are aiming higher. I’m very proud of Darrell too, a real team effort on all ends. Here’s to the future.” Here’s to the future, indeed Damian. With the labels new plans, artists and signings as well as Darrell and Damian’s work also 2012 and 2013 seems to be very big years for Walled City Records. As City of Culture 2013 is on the horizon, Derry will be filled with

hundreds of thousands of tourists. It will be a perfect opportunity for many artists to get their music out into the world and have it listened to on so many platforms. Big things are to come from this local Record Label and there are also big things to come from Darrell Coyle. He went on to say, “the rest of 2012 will be spent gigging in Liverpool and hopefully further out than that and maybe getting back into the studio in early 2013. My message to other artists is to work hard, and don't wait around for things to happen, I wouldn't exactly say I've got the big break yet but I’m still working on it.” The album has a very Indie/ Alternative feel to it, and although the music is similar, each song has its own different sound and rhythm. It’s one of those albums that each song could be your favourite and every one could be repeated constantly. When listening to a song you can hear each of Darrell’s different influences in each one, there are different rhythms, melodies and catchy hooks all across the album that makes each song worth multiple listens. Darrell’s E.P can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon and many of his songs can be listened to on Soundcloud. Walled City Records is situated at the Nerve Centre in Derry and also have Facebook and Twitter accounts by the same name of Walled City Records.


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Winter road and tire safety With winter creeping in fast it can be the most dangerous time of the year for motorists. In knowing that the City Herald is here to help motorists with some advice for tyre and road safety, that just prove invaluable during these long and cold winter nights. Is your vehicle ready for winter? As the saying goes ‘Prevention is better than cure’, so take some time to prepare both your vehicle and yourself for the challenges of winter driving. Don’t get caught out when severe weather strikes. Your first step should be to get your vehicle serviced to ensure it is fit and safe for winter driving. Secondly you should carry out regular checks on the vehicle. You should check for wear and tear on wiper blades and replace them as soon as they start to smear rather than clean windows. Keep tyre pressure at the manufacturer’s recommended level and check you have at least three millimetres of tread depth. Make sure all vehicle lights are working and clean and  top up with anti-freeze and screen wash. Inspect tires regularly for wear

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North West Saturday Morning League

Fixtures Saturday 24th November 2012 Premier Division Du Pont v Westbank United (Du Pont)

Du Pont face a tough test here as Westbank the league leaders come to Campsie and Du Pont have not been in the best of form in recent games. Westbank however are flying high at the top of the table and they should be able to come here and collect all three points as the have Hume, McCarron and especially Nash all in top scoring form. Maxwell will be the main threat for Du Pont but the home side may be very busy in defence as Westbank should win this game with ease.

Clooney v Phoenix Swifts (Lisnagelvin No 2)

Clooney are still looking for their first win of the season and they face a tough ask here as they take on Phoenix Swifts who have been in very good form recently and they come in to this game having just beaten Clifton Villa. Clooney will be going all out to cause an upset here but it is difficult to see that happening as Phoenix Swifts should be able to collect all three points here.

Championship Gransha Institute v Strabane Athletic (Prehen No 1) Both these sides had good wins last week and both will be feeling confident coming in to this game. The last time these two sides met was recently in the league and Strabane just won that game by the odd goal in five. This game could be just as close and it will be hard to separate these two sides and a score draw looks the most likely outcome here.

Foyle Athletic v Tamnaherin Celtic (Vale Centre) Foyle Athletic are still in search of their first league win of the season and they may have to wait another while for that elusive win as they face Tamnaherin Celtic here in the morning. Foyle shipped five goals last week and their defence is likely to be busy again here in the morning as Tamnaherin should win this game with ease.

Newton Heath v Northside Stars (Leafair)

Hatmore Harps v Oxford United (Templemore Central)

Newton Heath were beaten in Strabane last week and they were expected to make a better account of themselves in that game but they ended up losing 3-1 and they will be hoping to get back to winning ways here. Northside have not had the best of starts to the season and they could be playing catch up here as Newton Heath should bounce straight back with a win.

Both these sides have not been performing too well recently and both were well beaten last week and they will be hoping to see a change in the fortune in this game. Hatmore were among the front runners at the start of the season but have fallen away in recent games while Oxford leaked six goals last week and that will be a bit of a concern to them. Both have to perform much better and if they do Hatmore could return to winning ways.

Sion Swifts v Benbradagh Colts (Strabane)

This should be a very close game as both these sides are in good form and while Sion like to play football Benbradagh are a more determined outfit but they do give it their all in games and that has done them no harm this season so far. There will be two contrasting styles of play on view here and an earlier goal from either side would set the game up nicely but Sion may have the slight edge with home advantage.

First Division Tristar v Greysteel Celtic (Prehen No 6)

Tristar have been making a good account of themselves this season and this young side sure knows how to play football. Greysteel however has hit a purple patch and they are now starting to win games and they will fancy their chances here. Tristar are a young side and they should be much fitter than their opponents and that gives them a slight advantage in this game.

Collon Celtic v Oakleaf Celtic (Lisnagelvin No 4)

Collon Celtic can go top of the table with a win here as Art Deco have no game and they have a very good shout here as Oakleaf were well beaten last week. Collon are a decent side and they have several players who can score goals and that should be a bit of a concern for Oakleaf. However Oakleaf have some experience in their side as well and they should give a good account of themselves although Collon should take the points.

December Fixtures Saturday 1st December 2012; Gilfillan Cup semi finals;

Phoenix Swifts v Clifton Villa (Prehen No 1) Westbank United v Brandywell Celtic (Lisnagelvin No 2);


Northside Stars v Strabane Athletic (Showground’s); Benbradagh Colts v Newton Heath (Dungiven);

First Division;

Collon Celtic v Art Deco (St Columbs No 2); Tristar v Oxford United (Prehen No 6); Collegians v Oakleaf Celtic (Leafair); HML v Culmore (Templemore Central);

Saturday 8th December 2012; Premier Division;

Brandywell Celtic v Creggan Swifts (St Columbs No 2); Foyle Harps v Clifton Villa (Showground’s); Rosemount v Phoenix Swifts (Prehen No 6); Du Pont v Clooney (Du Pont); Westbank United v Drumahoe (Templemore Central);


Strabane Athletic v Benbradagh Colts (Prehen No 1); Sion swifts v Tamnaherin Celtic (Strabane); Newton Heath v Gransha (Lisnagelvin No 2);

First Division;

Oxford United v Greysteel Celtic (Thornhill); Art Deco v Collegians (Leafair); Oakleaf Celtic v HML (Lisnagelvin No 4); Culmore v Hatmore Harps (Culmore);

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Derry City Civic Reception Mayor of Derry, Cllr Kevin Campbell, with players, management and officials of Derry City FC at Thursday night’s Civic Reception.

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McChrystal set to seal Scunthorpe move By RORY MOONEY

Former Derry City defender Mark McChrystal has agreed to join English League One side Scunthorpe United on a month’s loan deal. Having spent almost two years with Tranmere Rovers, McChrystal has fallen out of favour at Prenton Park this season, under manager Ronnie Moore.

Mark McChrystal lifting the Airtricity League First Division Title in 2010

Speaking to the City Herald the 28 year old centre half has admitted that it has been a frustrating season, with game time being limited. “It’s been hard for me so far,” McChrystal admitted. “No footballer wants to sit on the sidelines and watch.” With the loan transfer window due to close shut on Thursday,

“Scunthorpe came in for me with the offer and it’s a great chance to play some football, because that’s all I want.” Mark McChrystal

the Foyle Springs man was pleased with a move to Scunthorpe in seek of first team football at Glanford Park. “Scunthorpe came in for me with the offer and it’s a great chance to play some football because that’s all I want.” McChrystal said. Having made only a limited amount of appearances for Tranmere this season this loan move could be the perfect opportunity for the Derry man to put himself in the shop window for a January move. “My contract’s with Tranmere is up at the end of the season

so we’ll just have to wait and see how this loan move pan’s out. “But like I said, all I want to do is play football, whether it’s with Tranmere or Scunthorpe.” At the time of going to print the big centre half was in contention to make his debut for ‘The Iron’, who have been struggling as of late, against fellow Leauge One opposition Bury. “I’m going to meet the team today (Tuesday) and could be in with a chance to start, so I’m being thrown in at the deep end.”

‘Stute’ beaten after second half thriller IFA CHAMPIONSHIP

In a match that had everything, Institute were on the losing end of 2-1 defeat at the hands of Belfast side Dundela. The dramatic encounter now leaves Dundela only two points behind the Waterside men who still sit in second, five points behind league leaders Ards, who travel to the Riverside Stadium this Saturday in a top of the table clash. Institute had the better of the early play with goalkeeper Paul Hughes having to be alert to

deny the away side who had several half chances before a mistake from the Dundela man almost presented them with the opener, however he made amends with a fine stop to keep the scores level. Both sides were looking dangerous going forward although Dundela were creating the better chances with William Faulkner and Ben Roy posing a real threat to the Institute defence. The championship’s top scorer Ben Roy continued his fine

form, firing the home side into the lead with a sublime free kick. Although chances were created at both ends The Duns went into the break in the lead. The second half was transformed, and was filled of drama, with red cards, penalties and an injury time winner. Both sides were intent on attacking from the off with the defences being stretched at either end. Then came the first controversial moment when Dundela

midfielder Gary Irwin was ordered off when a rash challenge resulted in a second yellow card. However the home side were undeterred and could have increased the lead through Faulkner but he shot wide when put through on goal. Just when it looked as if Belfast side were going to bag all three points Stute striker Ste-

phen Parkhouse was brought down in the box and scored from the resultant penalty. As the game entered added time Dundela were given the chance to win  it when they were awarded a penalty of their own after a hand ball was spotted in the box which also reduced Stute to ten men, following Paddy McLaughlin’s red card. David Murphy however blast-

ed the kick straight at the keeper to frustrate the home fans. The defender made amends almost immediately when he cleared a goal bound effort of the line, the ball being quickly shifted up field and with time running out striker Mark McClelland calmly placed his shot wide of the onrushing keeper and into the net to grab all three points.


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Clean sweep for Derry body builders By RORY MOONEY

Pictured at Pro Gym, from left, Dave Fox (Owner), Eoghan Schlindwein (2nd WABBA & 3rd RIBBF Juniors), Azin Fathi (3rd Bikina Class WABBA), Brian McMonagle (3rd 1st Timers) & Eamon Doherty (1st WABBA Juniors & 2nd RIBBF Juniors). The Everglades was treated to a body building bonanza recently with several Derry competitors making it a clean sweep of titles. Body builders from Derry’s Pro Gym took no less than seven titles including the coveted title of Mr Ireland, in the World Amateur Body Building  Association (WABBA) Mr Ireland sponsored event. Pro Gym competitors dominated the Under 23 junior event with Eamonn Doherty clinching first place, with Eoghan Schlindwein and Christopher McCallion picking up second and third. Brian McMonagle picked up bronze in the first timers category. Also finishing third was Iranian Pro Gym member Azin Fathi in the bikini class event. However the day belonged to

Ronan Doherty who claimed first in two events including the Tall Class event and the overall event, winning the prestigious title of WABBA’s Mr Ireland. Pro Gym owner Dave Fox expressed his delight all his members who won, but was quick to heap praise on the winners in the junior event. “I’m especially proud of the juniors, everybody was applauding them because they we’re so good,” Dave explained. “They did really well and now they are getting ready for the next show in April because they have move up a class.” The recent clean sweep of titles in the Everglades comes off the back of another impressive showing last month in Limerick were the men from Pro Gym picked up more

titles, this time in the RIBBF nationals, yet again dominating the junior’s with Eamonn Doherty and Eoghan Schlindwein picking up picking second and third and Ronan Doherty winning first place in the heavyweight class. Following the recent success of his members Pro Gym owner Dave Fox has said that the gym is a buzz of excitement with more people looking to compete in future shows. “Pro Gym’s doing extremely well,” Dave explained. “In Limerick all the talk was of our junior’s coming down from Derry, there’s definitely a buzz around the gym because we have maybe 10 or twelve from Pro Gym competing in April that stand a good chance of getting through to the Mr Britain show.”






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