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Strabane is one of seven towns and cities in Northern Ireland selected to host a “Flame Celebration” to celebrate the Paralympic torch relay. The event take place this Saturday 25 August 2012 between 12noon and 4.30pm and will take place in Melvin Sports Complex and Strabane Town Centre. Speaking at the launch of the event, Strabane District Council’s Chairman Councillor Thomas Kerrigan said: “This is going to be a fantastic day out. We have lots of fun events and activities

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At 10.30am on Saturday 25 August the Paralympic flame will leave Stormount, Belfast and arrive in Strabane at 12.30pm. A procession with the flame will leave Melvin Sports Complex in an open top car and travel into the town centre. The parade will include local children following the lantern with their own hand made lanterns.

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Supercharge your business Facebook The Strabane Herald Facebook page is just over two years old and with over 8,000 followers and counting, this makes it the largest newspaper Facebook page in Tyrone, Derry, Donegal and Fermanagh, quite a feat when you consider Strabane has a population of around 20,000! The Herald was one of the first to embrace social media over two years ago by running promotions, posting local photos and keeping their Facebook fresh but not overwhelming. The idea was to have a digital presence online along with one in print media. This has worked wonders for the local paper as proprietor Barney Vaughan stated “Technology has moved on a lot in the last five years or so, we decided to embrace digital media rather than be fearful of it. We believed we could create a product where print and digital media could help each other rather than hinder and I believe we have achieved that in tough economic conditions.” A lot of newspapers and media have fallen in the past few years but Barney believes the road his paper took toward social media has helped to keep his newspaper strong during tough times. Mammasala Facebook Page.

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“There is no doubt advertising trends have changed, most companies want to show they are at one with Facebook by displaying the ‘find us on Facebook’ logos on their adverts. They want to show that they have an online presence when the shop doors shut at 5.30pm. We have been inundated with companies looking for advice and guidance when it comes to setting up their Facebook pages”. Facebook for business is in its infancy as far as research and knowledge and the best methods to exploit its powers. Ask many business people about how best to take full advantage of social media and they won’t know where to start. There is no shame in this, we all have to start somewhere and we only learn from experience and mistakes. It is only now however that local business people are realising the potential promotional powers that a strong Facebook page can offer and to utilise this you need the proper guidance which we have provided to a lot of local companies. Local businessman Sabby Singh of Masala Express (Strabane) & Mamasala (Derry) has used this to his advantage by boosting his Facebook following by 175% in just a few

short weeks! “We have always advertised with the Strabane Herald, and they offered us a chance to utilise their Facebook page, they guided us on what to do and I have to say, we are extremely happy with the results so far, we will continue to grow and use social and print media to help us grow”. Another good example of a thriving award winning facebook page is the Mount Errigal Hotel which has over 9,000 followers. It is a superb example of how to properly boost your business and they got started by attracting followers from the Herald Facebook page! Other good examples include Gormley Opticians and Toot Takes All Bookmakers.

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More and more the Herald is experiencing an ever increasing demand from the business community to get them up to speed on taking advantage of social media. If you would like to know how to improve your business presence on facebook or if you need advice on social media in general please do not hesitate to contact us. Call 028 71 886759 between 10am and 5pm or email us on strabaneheraldads@gmail.com.

Barney Vaughan, proprietor of the Strabane Herald with Sabby Singh of Masala Express & Mamamasala. Sabby has successfully promoted his company through print & social media.

Facebook Winner! Mark Timoney (right) receives his £100 prize from Mamamasala manager Daniel Dass. Mark was the lucky winner of Mamamasala’s £100 monthly draw which they are running through the Herald Facebook page. Next draw is in September and all followers of Mamamasala facebook page are automatically entered into all monthly draws.

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EyeWear Opticians and Raymond Curran Optometrists are pleased to announce that EyeWear are to take over the provision of eye-care for all of Mr. Curran’s patients with immediate effect. All records have been transferred to EyeWear Opticians. Raymond Curran Optometrists have been established in Strabane for over 25 years and would have continued but for the fact that Mr. Curran has been appointed to the role of Assistant Director/Head of Optometry of the Health and Social Care Board for Northern Ireland, a role which prevents Mr. Curran from continuing as a full-time optometrist. “While exciting challenges lie ahead for myself, it is with a heavy heart that I have had to relinquish my day to day role within the Strabane community. Fortunately EyeWear have agreed to continue looking after my many loyal friends and patients.” Mr. Curran said. Speaking on behalf of EyeWear Opticians,

Ryan McGrath said “At EyeWear, we have always aimed to provide the highest standard of care for all our patients and to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Curran’s patients is a great honour. We also look forward to Mr. Curran assisting us by continuing to test within EyeWear on a part-time visiting role.” EyeWear will be contacting all of Mr. Curran’s patients individually in the near future to explain the changes in greater detail, but in the meantime anyone requiring an eye exam nation can contact EyeWear Opticians and take advantage of the offer of a FREE eyetest for everyone. EyeWear Opticians are located at 44 Main Street, Strabane, directly opposite Gray’s Printers. Telephone (028) 71 88 66 83 to book an appointment.

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Blossoms, Brides and a Book 2012 has been a busy year for the Kee Family of Stranorlar who have been celebrating 120 years of ownership of their well-known Hotel. Four generations on from 1892, when William James Kee paid the princely sum of £400 to buy this Donegal gem, the family continues to own and manage this historic property. The first Kees had settled in County Donegal around 1600 and three hundred years later were known locally as a business family. So too were The Millars, who had originally established this old posting inn as a place for fine food and hospitality in 1845. Stories have passed through the generations, from the days when the Kee Family ran a horse taxi service, looking after commercials travellers who came by rail into Stranorlar. A sidecar would be rented and the driver would take them around the shops, stores and pubs where they conducted their business. The horses used were always black because William James was also a busy undertaker. The hotel always enjoyed historic associations with the good and the grand, from the Blind Poetess of Donegal to Prince Napoleon who

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Kee’s Hotel Stranorlar/Ballybofey, County Donegal overnighted there. So, as part of Kee’s 120th celebrations, a book will be launched in September, recalling many of the tales and adventures experienced by the family through the generations. Another exciting new development at the hotel is the creation of The Terrace Garden, leading directly into the Ballroom through French doors. With original features such as the arched door at the rotunda entrance, the lanternlit covered walkway connecting

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Forever Young?

Local Music NEWS Paul Tully

At the beginning of last month, the Rolling Stones celebrated 50 years since their first gig together. At the end of last month, front man Mick Jagger celebrated his 69th birthday. Both events were lauded and positively spun in the media. Out rolled a fashionably weathered yet non-greying Mick and the rest of the band for the launch of the Daily Mirror’s photographic book ‘The Rolling Stones at 50’, partying, by all reports, till 5am. It also emerged that the band will be hitting the road again soon, with a headline spot at next summer’s Glastonbury Festival rumoured. With a combined age of 273, it appears that the media, and indeed the fans, can’t get enough of this well oiled machine. The same cannot be said however for Madonna Louise Ciccone, who at 53 is but a mere schoolgirl compared to Mick and ‘Keef’. Madonna’s latest tour, like her last, has been put through the media grill for a number of reasons, one being her muscular physique, which many observers believe to be a turn-off considering her age. Her recent concert at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium received mixed reviews.

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stripper’ and claimed that her ‘career is over’. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but here’s a question: as Mick Jagger will be slithering across the stage next summer while hitting 70 years old, will he face a similar storm? Iggy Pop is now 65 and still running around topless, and occasionally trouser-less! Does Mick or Iggy ever be told to “put it away”? Personally, I like Madonna. I would not be a fan of anything she’s done since her collaborations with William Orbit, but I admire her desire to push forward and remake and remodel - something she excelled at for many years. Arguably it hasn’t worked this time for her, but do we really need to hear it from creatively redundant jukeboxes like Elton John? Even the Stones gave up on the present tense about 30 years ago. All of that is fine if there’s an audience for it but there is something very admirable about 50-something artists like Madonna and U2 taking a show out on the road with a belief in the music they are currently making. Again, even if U2’s last album failed to set the world alight, they certainly got a smoother ride through the press than Madonna.

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While not there personally, anyone I know who was there had a great time. However, some members of the audience publically aired their gripes about the rain-soaked performance: some having an issue with the setlist; some having an issue with her appearance and dance routines, which were not, they believed, suitable for children in the audience – a valid gripe, if indeed it was anybody else but Madonna, who it is safe to say has some form in this area, that they had just paid money to see! Others had an issue with the weather, which as far as I know wasn’t down to Madonna! Something seeped through in all these opinions both positive and negative in relation to Madonna’s Dublin show. Looking like she does at the age that she is seems to be an issue. “Unlady-like”, “desperate” and “take your mother home Lourdes” was just the beginning of the vitriolic storm on the Internet forums and social network sites. Elton John, who is now making a bit of a habit of publically airing his

Cher to tour again at aged 66.

There definitely appears to be a male bias when it comes to aging rock or popstars. Madonna, Debbie Harry and Cher, who at 66 is set to tour again in 2013, are continually scrutinised for their appearance and even their right to be on the stage of their time of life, yet the blokes get a pass. Last month, Bruce Springsteen, 62, blessed Dublin with seven hours of heart-stopping, pants-dropping, house-rocking, earth-quaking, booty-shaking,

Viagra-taking, love-making rock n’ roll. Earnest, grounded and exuding a humility and almost obsessive desire to sweat blood for his audience, Springsteen is a rock n’ roll treasure. Yet is he not without his own alterations, no matter how subtle and discreet they may be? Does the ‘Boss’ get pulled up by the media for it? No, and its right that he shouldn’t. To quote Cher, “If I want to put my t*** on my back, it’s nobody’s business but my own.” Paul McCartney, 70, still gets the call to close all the big events and miss his cue so badly he must think Ringo is back behind the kit. Bob Dylan, 71, is about to release a new album called ‘Tempest’ – his 35th studio album – and his “Never-ending Tour” shows no sign of slowing down, even if the shows themselves can be unpredictable and divisive with Dylan continually deconstructing his catalogue of songs before an audience’s eyes almost nightly. If you’re prepared for it, it’s a fascinating thing to observe, yet would a female artist be allowed such room to manoeuvre like this old boys club? Rock and pop stars are no different from the rest of us – the older we get, the older ‘old’ gets and if many of us had the chance we’d probably do it all just as they are doing it now. The aging male rock or popstar seems to have all the fun though. They can still slither and swoon across the stage or, thanks to the success of Johnny Cash’s ‘American Recordings’ series of albums in the nineties, they can now work with someone like Rick Rubin, strip the music down and present their own brand of “not dark yet, but it’s getting there” reflections on mortality. Neil Diamond did it and now even Tom Jones is doing it! Tom Jones! Will ‘It’s not Unusual’ and ‘Delilah’ now be banished from his setlist? I seriously doubt it. We let the boys grow up and stay forever young all at the same time. The ladies should be extended the same privilege to grow old gracefully or disgracefully if they so please. After considering all of this, I for one am already looking forward to another 50 years of great music from SOAK and Paul Tully. Rust never sleeps!

Firstly to the Strabane singer-songwriter, who has recently been delivering some spellbinding performances in the Alley Theatre and Dicey Riley’s. After captivating audiences with his original material, Paul has finally got round to recording some of these tracks and they’re now available for you all to enjoy online on Soundcloud. Simply visit www.soundcloud.com/paul-tully and be taken somewhere special via wonderful self-penned tracks such as ‘Ways of the World’, ‘I Will Wait for You’ and the mesmerising ‘Reign Down Your Love On Me’, which was recently recorded at Pete Doherty’s Neon Noise studio. With the smooth and autumnal flavourings of classic James Taylor and Van Morrison present throughout, this fine collection of tracks will do just fine until we’re finally blessed with a debut album from the Pontius Pilots front man. SOAK at Glasgowbury

Meanwhile, SOAK, aka 16 year-old Bridie MondsWatson, fresh from being one of the highlights at this year’s Glasgowbury festival, has just released her second EP, ‘Sea Creatures’. It follows the release of her debut EP ‘Trains’, which was critically acclaimed across the board. Impressive and rightly celebrated as ‘Trains’ was, ‘Sea Creatures’ is even better and captures one of the truly exciting new talents of 2012. The atmospheric yet subtle production brings a maturity to the tracks without taking away the fact that this is the work of a teenager with a gift of cutting to the core in the most simplistic and beautiful fashion. ‘Sea Creatures’ is now available to download on iTunes. Both SOAK and Paul Tully have been involved in the Jammhouse sessions at Derry’s Playhouse. Since it started in March the sessions have gone from strength to strength, with hundreds of music lovers through The Playhouse doors, as well as the Jammhouse’s involvement with the massively successful Carnival of Colours and Clipper Celebrations in the City. The Jammhouse is still keen to hear from any bands just starting out who would like some stage space with other musicians, and the regular sofa sessions are open to all artists who get in touch at facebook.com/thejammhouse.


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Strabane District’s Programme of fun events and activities SATURDAY 25 AUGUST 2012 10.30 am Flame leaving Stormont ,Belfast 12.30 pm Flame arriving in Strabane 1.00 pm

Official welcome/photocall at Melvin Sports Complex

1.30 pm

Procession with Paralympic Flame to leave Melvin Sports complex in an open top car towards town centre - over Bridge Street, down Market Street, turning into Castle Street - up to Castle Place, onto Main Street and then back over Bridge Street for 2pm. (Parade will include local children following the lantern with their own hand made lanterns)

At Melvin 2.00 pm 5 Star Disability Sport Challenge - with Disability Sport NI 3.00 pm Track Parade with flame and all participating children followed by Mini Paralympics games. 2.00 pm - 4.30 pm Fun Day activities at Melvin Sports Complex including: Inflatables Archery Mini Golf

Laser Tag Face Painting

Town Centre Activities from 12 noon - 2.00 pm Live Broadcast Art/Crafts for Children making Lanterns (similar to the Paralympics Lanterns) Face Painting Children’s Cartoon Characters

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Come and join in the special events in and around Strabane Town Centre and Melvin Sports Complex to celebrate the paralympic torch relay.


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Official opening of Finn Valley Self Catering Cottages Minister Arlene Foster from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Industry officially opened Finn Valley Cottages at the end of July 2012. She said that a new self-catering development near Strabane will provide a boost to tourism in Tyrone. Speaking at the official opening of Finn Valley Cottages near Strabane the Minister said: “This marvellous facility offers accommodation finished to a very high standard for visitors to a region that offers so much for tourists, especially those seeking exciting activity holidays in one of our most picturesque areas.” “It is an excellent example of the type of high quality investment that we are keen to encourage and to help businesses wishing to support the extensive campaign by the Executive and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to grow tourism revenues here. “Encouragingly, more schemes like this are being put forward to NITB by local businesses as tourism here continues to grow in strength. Local entrepreneurs are responding to the success of the

ni2012 campaign and the major events that have taken place already and of those yet to come both this year and next. Finn Valley Cottages were first certified as selfcatering accommodation in December 2011 and, supported by the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development’s Rural Development Programme (RDP), subsequently achieved grading as four-star status under NITB’s new Common Standards quality grading scheme. The properties also more than meets the criteria for four welcome schemes: Anglers, Cyclists, Families and Walkers welcome and will be marketed in Germany France and Belgium with a focus on the activity tourism market.

Photograph: Tourism Minister Arlene Foster and Chair of District Council, Councillor Thomas Kerrigan receive a warm welcome from Finn Valley Cottages proprietor Anne Speers at the official opening of the new self-catering accommodation development in Clady, Co. Tyrone. The cottages have achieved grading as four-star status under the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s new Common Standards quality grading scheme and will be marketed in Germany, France and Belgium with a focus on the activity tourism markets. Photo: Lorcan Doherty Photography

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Strabane and Omagh District Councils focus on Wind farms West Tyrone A joint delegation from Omagh District Council and Strabane District Council held a very “positive and productive” meeting with the Minister for the Environment to discuss the payment of community benefits from wind farms in West Tyrone recently.

Local Sinn Fein MLA Michaela Boyle has appealed for people to respond promptly to the Department of Social Development’s consultation on benefits assessments.

The meeting follows concerns within both Councils regarding the value of community benefit being paid by wind farm developers locally. Both Councils have established a joint working group on this issue and it has been meeting regularly since early 2012. The Fermanagh Trust also have published a report which reveals that the renewable energy industry are paying a lower value of community benefits to host communities in Northern Ireland compared to Scotland, England and Wales. Councillor Frankie Donnelly from Omagh District Council explained: “West Tyrone has a significant wind energy resource and currently hosts approximately 50% of wind farms in the North of Ireland and generates nearly 50% of the region’s wind energy. West Tyrone is experiencing unique cumulative impacts so both Councils want our rural host communities to benefit from the growth in this industry locally.”

Boyle appeals for evidence on benefits assessments

The joint delegation from Omagh and Strabane District Councils.

will be generated by renewable sources by 2020. The majority of this will be generated from onshore wind farms. It will see a further 1,700 Mega Watts connected to the grid and will increase the number and prevalence of wind farms in West Tyrone.

working group explained: “The working group have held a very positive and productive meeting with the Minister for the Environment on the issue of community benefits recently. The group outlined the need for a regionally defined minimum standard for payment of community benefits by the The Chairman of Strabane District Renewable Energy Industry. The The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed Council, Councillor Thomas Kerri- working group have also met with that 40% of Northern Ireland’s electricity gan, who also sits on the wind farm political party spokespersons and Page 2 August 2012 The Herald

representatives from the renewable energy industry on this issue. Meetings were also held with the Planning Service and Northern Ireland Electricity.”

The West Tyrone MLA said: “Many of us working in the welfare sector would have concerns about the processes of the WCA (Work Capability Assessment) and its impact on our most vulnerable citizens. “Therefore I am appealing to groups and individuals, particularly within the disability/mental health sectors and those that have already fallen foul of the system to bring that evidence forward and help us challenge and change this system. “The Social Development Minister has launched a short consultation on the Work Capability Assessment process which closes on September 14th and its vital evidence is presented by those that know best such as advice workers and clients. “There is no doubt that within our communities people are fearful of the whole Tory welfare reform agenda and through using our influence and presenting the facts we are seeking to protect those worst affected. “Therefore I am appealing to the range of groups in the sector for them to avail of this opportunity and demonstrate the negative impact being experienced by many people undergoing this assessment process.”

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Make it your NWRC this September In just a few weeks thousands of new students will begin the new academic year at North West Regional College (NWRC), and the good news is there’s still time for you to join them. More students than ever before have applied to the College to avail of the first-rate learning experience on offer, which will feature a wide range of career choices at the College’s three main campuses in Derry-Londonderry, Limavady and Strabane. Over the coming months, new students will discover that there’s a lot more to North West Regional College than they first thought. From the magnificent industry-standard learning resources, to the range of career-related courses, the College is ready to offer the new and exciting learning experience you have been looking for. Our range of courses provide the chance to gain the qualifications that employers are looking for, whatever level you are starting at. Whether your ambition is to gain employment or to go to University, NWRC courses will help you fulfil your potential. The practical work experience included in these courses will be an added benefit when you apply for jobs, or a degree course in the future, as you will have a hands-on insight into your chosen career path. Across various course areas, students can make the most of the expertise and resources within the College to support their enterprises, from engineering projects to web design, performing arts to music and media production, especially using the College’s full HD TV studio and radio station. The College is proud of its modern facilities, expert staff and the quality of teaching that is delivered. But it is most proud of its students who take full advantage of the opportunities provided to them, by achieving qualifications and gaining valuable experience for their next career step. Students like Dungiven lad Adrian Canning, who was recently crowned Northern Irelands’ Vocational Learner

Award 2012, which saw Catering students from the other Colleges showcase their culinary expertise in attempts to win a fantastic placement award with the world famous Le Manoir Restaurant in Oxfordshire England. Without the experience, hard work and dedication of the College’s teaching staff, students would not be achieving their potential. From the support staff who assist students with application, financial assistance and pastoral care, to the lecturers who bring their industry experience to the course subjects they teach, students are welcomed into a learning environment designed to help them achieve. Across the College, from Health & Social Care, to Early Years, Engineering and Art & Design, students enjoy industry trips, practical workshops and visiting lecturer sessions, organised by the staff who aim Next client please … Award winning Hairdressing student to bring the subjects to life for their students.

about learning and at North West Regional College you’ll find numerous opportunities to enjoy all of your time with us. The last year saw the College celebrate sporting excellence with individuals and

Breege Grant takes time out for a much needed break at the College’s Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy Salons.

of the Year for his excellence in electro-technical engineering. Adrian has also been selected to represent Squad UK at the 2013 World Skills finals in Leipzig Germany. Beauty Therapy student Loretta Kenny has secured a once in a lifetime employment opportunity with world cruise liner company Steiner, while Media Production and Civil Engineering students collected top accolades at the 2012 BEST Awards (Business & Education through Skills & Training). Meanwhile, our College was also selected as host venue to three major skills competitions during the year, when the cream of the crop of Music, Construction Crafts, and Hospitality students from the province’s’ six FE Colleges converged to display their talents. First up was our Greystone campus in Limavady which hosted to the NI Skillbuild Finals, following by our Foyle Theatre, Strand Road Campus which was the venue for the inaugural NI Music Skills finals. The Flying Clipper Restaurant then hosted the Le Manoir Hospitality & Catering Placement

Hitting the books … have you thought about a return to study for a change of career this year – if yes then consider a part-time course at our Derry Road Campus

College teams demonstrating their talents on the local and national stage. You may prefer to join one of our clubs and societies or to simply relax in our improved Students’ Unions. So if you’re looking for a new start to your learning, or you’re hoping to take your career onto the next level, then North West Regional College is the place for you this September. A limited number of course places are still available – to find out more information why not call into the College’s Results & Information Sessions at Strand Graduation Day…Hospitality & Tourism Special Award Road Derry-Londonderry, & Main Street Limavady student Gillian Leitch getting her make-up finished off in the Campus from Thursday 16th Aug – Thursday 24th College’s Hair & Beauty Academy before Graduation Day. August, 10.00am – 12.30pm or 2.00pm – 4.00pm Coming to College can be a big change, but with – course information and careers guidance will be top quality support and advice on offer, there’s available. Alternatively call 028 7127 6000 or visit always help at hand. Being a student isn’t just www.nwrc.ac.uk


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HOLY CROSS COLLEGE RECENT AWARDS

Top students in 10B3, with their Form Teacher Miss Tully, are Stephen Holland, Cara McKane and Ryan Brown.

Class 8FH prize-winners were Dionne Dooher, Ciarnan Conway and Dionne McLaughlin.

Emma Kearney, Kikiola Hassan and Callum Coyle received the 8DL awards.

8MN Form Teacher, Miss McLaughlin, with Niamh Quinn, Adam McShane and Damien McCrossan.

Gemma Curran, Sophie Kelly and Jake Sharkey are pictured with their 8LM Form Teacher, Mrs Kirk.

Nadine McGrath, Thomas McMenamin and Jason Coll were the award recipients in 9B5. On left is Form Teacher Mr Connolly.

Holy Cross College held its annual Key Stage Three awards ceremony in the College Hall at

9B1 Form Teacher, Mrs Timmons, with Ryan McLaughlin, Chantelle McDermott Megan Hannigan, Mark McCallion and Reece McGuigan were the prize-winners the end of June. Recipients from Class 8DY, pictured with their Form Teacher Miss Hamilton, were Katie Rouse, Adam McDaid and Paul Boggs. and Ryan Donnelly. in 9A9 and are here accompanied by their Form Teacher, Mrs Gallagher.

Siobhan Dooher, Jamie Bonner and Carla McCorriston were the prize-winners in Receiving their awards are Miceal Brennan, Sophie McColgan and Sara Class 8AH. Included is their Form Teacher, Mrs Stewart. Martin. With them is their 9A4 Form Teacher, Mr Colm O'Neill.

Silver Award winners in the UK Junior Maths Challenge were: Tara McNulty, Odhran French, Isabel Walsh, Ciaran Forbes and Chloe Quinn with College Principal, Mrs Doherty.

Recipients of awards from Class 8DN were Dean Gordon, Caoimhe Friel and Stephen Cairns, here pictured with their Form Teacher Mr Flanagan.

Form Teacher of 9A3, Miss Devine, with award winners Chloe Gallagher, Catherine McDaid and Adam Byrne.

Prize-winners in Class 9A2 were Emma Kelly, Nial Elliott and Patrick McDaid. They are accompanied by their Form Teacher Mrs Garry.


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Holy Cross College Awards & other Events

Mr Meyler with 9A6 students, Seafra Gallagher, Ryan Melaugh and Danielle Lawton.

Kylie Friel, Courtney Devine and Aaron Quinn of 10B5 with Form Teacher, Mr Gallagher.

10B4 Form Teacher, Mr Stewart, with Aaron Greer, Chloe Donnelly and Tammy McCarron.

Suresh Rao, Jasmine Boyle and Mark Hoynes picked up awards in 10A5, and are here accompanied by their Form Teacher, Mrs Horsburgh.

Award winners in 10A6, Megan Moore, Ronan Forbes and Emma Gormley are with Form Teacher Mrs Kelly.

10A3 Form Teacher, Miss McCloy with Niamh Cleary, Corey Roulston and Kayleigh Tinney.

10A2 winners, Conor Sharkey, Kerry Duffy and Conor Flanagan with Form Teacher Mrs Browne.

Winners in 10A1 were Emer Conway, David Wilders and Chloe Gillespie, here Oliwia Hyjek of 10B3 recived the "Commitment to the Curriculum (EAL)" award accompanied with Form Teacher Mrs McCay. from College Principal, Mrs Doherty.

Rehearsals are already in full swing for the forthcoming Holy Cross College musiClass 10A5 received a special award for their Contribution to Charity Work. Mark The "Special Contribution to School Life" award went to the cast of 'A Christmas cal production of "Beauty and the Beast". The show will be on stage towards the end of the autumn term. Hoynes accepted the award from Mrs Doherty. Carol'. Jack O'Kane accepted the award for the group.

Pictured are some of the Year 14 Applied Business class (Holy Cross College) presenting a cheque for £990 to Brigid McElroy (Foyle Hospice). £570 of this total was raised by the Year 14 Applied Business class as a result of organising a Coffee Morning for A-Level students and The U-15 girls' soccer squad brought back the NI Schools' Cup to Holy Cross College at the a raffle which was open to GCSE and A-Level students. A further £420 was raised by 12B2 end of June, thus completing a memorable hat-trick of NI Championships this year. The team is here pictured with coach Mr Donaghey and Mr Eugene Mullen, Vice-Chair, The Board who raffled a Spanish football jersey. That raffle was open to all year groups in the school.

Lasairiona Doherty, Cloughcor PS, (front right) and her “Build a Blanket for Tanzania” team which produced a series of hand-crafted blankets as part of the Holy Cross College "Tanzania 2012" project. Students and teachers from the college travelled in early July to continue the work started in that impoverished East-African country a number of years ago. This year the group has raised $55,000 to assist in educational and building projects.


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Allstate Strabane Part of the Community

Allstate Northern Ireland Allstate Northern Ireland is one of the largest employers in

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The Charities Committee also held a Charity Bake Sale and Book Sale which raised funds for organisations such as Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Knockavoe School, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research, Strabane Special Olympics Committee, Sion Swifts Ladies Football Club, Melanoma Cancer & Breast Cancer Awareness. The Charities Committee also supports St. Vincent de Paul on an annual basis with their Toys for Tots and Hamper Appeals.

School Employer Connections Through the organisation School

Employer Connections, students from various schools in the area visit the Strabane office to do work experience. One of the participating students from Holy Cross College, commented “I enjoyed the experience of visiting Allstate, staff were very friendly and made me feel welcomed. This was helpful as I was very nervous about going. I would highly recommend to other students that have an interest in ICT to visit Allstate as it is an invaluable opportunity and allows you to experience working life in a large company with advanced technology and confirmed my career choice in ICT”.

Strabane, currently employing almost 400 people at the Orchard Road site. Allstate NI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Allstate Corporation, the largest publicly owned personal lines insurer in the US, providing insurance to almost 16 million households. Allstate NI has locations in Belfast, Derry and Strabane, employing approx. 1,900 people in Northern Ireland. The Strabane office provides a range of business support services such as technical support, software testing and insurance policy processing, 24/7, 365 days a year, providing a first class customer service. Allstate Strabane was named as Employer of the Year at the Strabane Business Awards 2011 and was described as ‘...the business that proved a genuine dedication to the development and welfare of their workforce..’

Our People… We continue to emphasise training, development and progression. In the last 24 months, 100 employees have been promoted to higher level roles. We launched two new development programmes to employees; an entry level IT programme which provides extensive reskilling for Strabane staff to retrain in IT software development. A fast-track team manager programme has also been implemented for aspiring managers and leaders for the future.

It’s not all work… The Sports & Social Committee ensures that there are a wide variety of activities to suit all interests, including recent activities such as a cinema trip, kayaking, fishing trip, Grease at the Millennium Forum & Karting, with a trip to the Irish Open planned in July. Employees can also get involved in clubs such as the Book Club, Film Club & Golf Society. The committee is also responsible for organising the annual Christmas and Summer parties as well as surprise treats throughout the year such as Valentines Coffee & Cookies, Easter Eggs & the Icecream Van visit in the summer.

Allstate supporting our community

Being one of the largest employers in Strabane, brings great responsibility, not only to our employees, but to their families and community. The Charities Committee runs many events on an on-going basis. Recently an Indoor Charity Cycle was held, the challenge for those involved was to cover the distance of all three Allstate Northern Ireland sites - Orchard Road, Strabane to Northland, Northland to Lanyon Place, Belfast - a combined total of 92 miles. The 18 strong team made up of staff members covered 152 miles, exceeding our goal of 92 miles, lasting 7 hours 24 mins Allstate Strabane Kayaking Group show they’re not in total. Those afraid to get their hair wet! involved were

sponsored by employees, with all donations in aid of the Strabane Community Project, towards the running costs of a new van to provide a subsidised meals on wheels service to the elderly in the community.

Students from Holy Cross College on-site in Allstate NI for work experience.

DON’T JUST WORK WORK FOR GOOD Great careers and great opportunities to give back Allstate Northern Ireland is a wholly owned subsidiary of Allstate Corporation based in the USA. The Strabane site currently employs over 400 staff providing a range of diverse business support services.

We are now seeking to recruit for the following position:

Technical Support Analysts – Strabane (ref: 12/08/S/TSA) Immediate vacancies, full-time, permanent positions (37.5 – 40 hours per week) Salary £12,000- £12,500 pa with an attractive benefits package and opportunity to earn a generous quarterly bonus)

The role: Working within our technical support environment (Contact Centre) the successful candidates will be trained to offer first level technical support to our clients over the telephone. A range of flexible shift patterns in the afternoon, evening and night are available. You do not need to be an expert in IT to succeed in this role as an intensive skills and training program is provided on entry. You need to be flexible, eager to learn and enjoy providing excellent customer service.

The Candidate: Candidates should demonstrate the following on application: Essential Criteria Candidates should demonstrate the following on application: • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade A - D or equivalent • Or an IT related qualification (Nationally recognized E.g. NVQ, Fetac, ECDL etc) • Or at least 1 years experience in a customer service role

Plus • A basic knowledge of computers (previous experience of using computers at work, school/college or home) • Previous contact centre experience is preferable but essential. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please apply online at http://www.allstate.com/about/Northern-Ireland/opportunities.aspx. If you have any queries contact Maura Hassan at the Strabane office tel: 02871385185 or email strabane.enquiries@allstate.com. The closing date for applications is Thursday 16th August 2012. Allstate Northern Ireland is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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‘Rockin by the River’ festival delights locals and tourists once again! PLUMBRIDGE was bustling with music, entertainment and people as the village played host to the Rockin’ by the River festival for a 10th time recently. Large crowds of locals and visitors from all corners of Ireland, the UK and even America, travelled to Glenelly enjoy the entertainment, which included electric performances by The High Kings, Mike Denver, Justin McGurk & The Boogie Men and The Crazy Folkers. The annual community festival spanned two weekends again this year, proving its reputation as one of the country’s top summer events. Speaking about this year’s events, organising committee Chairperson Kellie McGaughey said: “We would like to thank everyone who came to Plumbridge and contributed to the huge success of Rockin’ by the River 2011. We would also like to thank all the volunteers and everyone who helped to play a part in the Festival run so smoothly, it is their hard work and dedication that makes the Glenelly Festival one of the biggest and best local festivals in Ireland.” The annual festival is run by Glenelly Gaelic Football Club, and operates on a cross community basis. With a wide variety of entertainment on offer, there was something to suit all ages. World renowned folk group The High Kings got things underway on the opening weekend with a rousing performance which will go down as one of the highlights of the festival’s 10 year existence. Folk classics such as Leaving of Liverpool and Rocky Road to Poland were performed with gusto by the band and audience alike. The following night almost 100 people attended the Sperrin Ramble and walked five miles through the stunning Glenelly Valley, raising £500 for Newtownstewart based charity TAMA in the process. A teenage disco and a Big Bingo competition - where £4000 was given away - kept things ticking over mid-

The High Kings who whipped up the local festival goers into a music frenzy! week, before a Strictly Come Dancing elite competition delighted the crowds. Dancing duos from all over the Northwest took part. The standard was extremely high but the father and daughter duo of Michael and Erin Campbell representing Urney GFC were eventually crowned winners. Their prize was £500 and a full football kit for their club, sponsored by O’Neills. The always popular Mike Denver excited country fans before the penultimate night’s entertainment came in the form of the raucous Crazy Folkers. The County Antrim six-piece were true to their name as the packed crowd lapped up their high-tempo brand of folk and rock. Earlier in the day crowds thronged Plumbridge for the annual vintage rally which brought a special atmosphere to this idyllic village. Justin McGurk & The Boogie Men wrapped proceedings up in front of another big crowd, and left all the punters already looking forward to next year’s event. If you were at Rockin’ by the River 2012, visit the festival’s Facebook page and find out if you were caught on camera!

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Late summer entertainment at the Balor Irish folk rock legends Scullion are the highlight of September at The Balor appearing in Ballybofey as part of a tour promoting their first studio album in over 20 years. The strength and quality of local drama in Donegal is showcased in three terrific productions The Butt Drama Circle’s summer musical Disco Inferno, Balor Reps Irish premiere of the funny and moving Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls and Letterkenny Music & Drama Groups multi award winning The 39 Steps. There’s also Oleanna – a gripping thriller from celebrated American playwright David Mamet (Glengarry, Glen Ross) and Bjorn Again – a tribute to the mighty Abba to look forward to. Full details below. Tues Aug 21st to Sat Aug 25th

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The 4th annual Butt Drama Circle summer teen musical – a musical comedy with a kicking ‘70’s soundtrack that will have you dancing in the aisles. Jack has a burning desire to make it in the music business at any cost. Working late in a New York nightclub called Disco Inferno he meets Lady Marmalade –right-hand lady to the Devil himself. The ambitious Jack strikes a Faustian pact with the femme fatale, trading his soul to fulfil his wildest fantasies. Jack becomes an international success but the fame and fortune he’s always dreamed of comes with a heavy price as one disaster follows another. Can Jack turn back time? Can he make one more trade to win back what’s truly important – Jane, his devoted girlfriend and the love of his life? Featuring an amazingly talented cast of over 30 teenagers from the Finn Valley area and including 70’s classics from Air Supply, Elton John, Gloria Gaynor, Earth Wind and Fire and much much more, Disco Inferno is an unmissable showcase of local singing, dancing and acting talent.

Over the course of the next three years they help each other through love, heartbreak, divorces, births and friendship to a soundtrack of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash.

that our country has ever produced. Their fabulous ABBA in concert experience featuring sizzling hot performances - amazingly close to the real thing – along with handmade costumes that are exact replicas of Owe Sandströms original designs will Thurs Sep 6th astound you. Letterkenny Music & Drama Group present With all of your favourite ABBA hits including Mamma Mia, Knowing Me Knowing You The 39 Steps and Waterloo plenty of audience participation is A brilliant roller coaster stage adaptation of the ensured. So dig out those knee high platforms, slip on your glittery flares and be a Dancing Queen for classic Hitchcock film noir. A beautiful spy leaks a deadly secret to a man one night only with The Bjorn Identity! she’s just met. When he awakes to find the spy Sat Sep 29th murdered in his flat, he has to go on the run to Scullion in concert clear his name. & The Henry Girls From the original John Buchan novel to Hitchcock’s screen classic to Patrick Barlow’s West End stage adaptation The 39 Steps has wowed A special, intimate, warm and uplifting evening audiences everywhere. This acclaimed produc- with one of the giants of Irish folk rock. tion by Letterkenny Music and Drama Group For over 3 decades Scullion – Sonny Condell, is no different, collecting an unprecedented 55 Robbie Overson and Philip King – have remained awards including The All Ireland Confined final, true to their eclectic musical roots. Nourished The Ulster Drama Festival and the audience by tradition but not beholden to it they translate award at every single festival it entered. and deconstruct, delivering an individual musical A cast of 4 – Kieran Kelly, Elaine Gillespie, John experience for capacity audiences wherever they Ruddy and Eoghan Man Giolla Bhrighde – play choose to perform. the entire cast of Hitchcocks original drama, delivering an outstanding array of believable and fully realized characters. The 39 Steps moves along at a breakneck pace, delivering laughs aplenty and demonstrating just how much fun live theatre can be.

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Now Scullion have recorded a new collection of songs – their first album in over 20 years. To celebrate they embark on their most extensive Irish tour for many years. Featuring new music in addition to a journey through the bands back pages this gig is a rare opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the unique Scullion sound. “Three decades equals a remarkable repertoire in Scullion’s world, most of it drawn from the creative genius of Condell, whose subtle lyricism and matchless melody lines bear scant kinship to anyone else on the planet” - Irish Times

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I believe that if you wake up each morning with a notion on your mind to do an act of kindness to another person, you will feel better. It follows that when you actually carry out the kind act, you will feel even better about yourself. I also believe that there is kindness in everyone, well at least everyone I have met.

However many people may be afraid to demonstrate kindness in case it would show them up as weak or vulnerable in some way and leave the door open for someone to take advantage of them. This can mean that such people only show their rough exterior which often hides a kind heart. In fact I believe kindness shows great strength and if someone else happens to take advantage of my kindness, is that a valid enough reason for me to refrain from being kind? I don’t believe so, all that does for me is to reinforce the fact that I would always rather show kindness than abuse it. There is a difference in being kind and creating helplessness. Sometimes in our enthusiasm to be kind we can create a situation where we allow the other person to do nothing for themselves and eventually that person becomes ‘helpless’ and can do very little for themselves from then on. This is anything but kind, in fact it could be argued that it is abusive to the other person. A simple guideline to prevent this happening is to do something for the other person that they cannot do for themselves. If you believe that they could possibly do a particular task themselves but Page 4 January 2012 The Herald

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Kindness are not getting it done, highlight what has to be done and encourage them to do it by perhaps suggesting easier ways to get it done or helping them to do it in stages. You can do it for them once or twice, however the objective is to empower them to do as much as they can for themselves at every opportunity. Initially the other person may need your help to get started and once started you can leave them to get on with it. Another thing that can happen is that you could get yourself into the position where you are doing so much for other people that you are neglecting your own well-being. This can happen when looking after a sick relative for example, and you can feel overwhelmed with all the tasks that need to be done and often a great sense of guilt if you do not get all jobs completed. If this happens to be the case, remember you are no good to anyone if YOU become ill, therefore the most loving thing

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Gerard Hegarty’s 60th at Strabane Golf Club

Gerard with his partner Myra at his party in The Golf Club.

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Tom Mc Makin joins Gerard for his 60th.

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ADAM SCOTT & THE OPEN :

By Shaun McGonagle

DID HE BLOW IT OR NOT?? How did you feel as you watched the dramatic last four holes unfold at The Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes? Did you feel elation for Ernie Els as he holed a birdie putt on the last which subsequently turned out to be the winning putt or did you feel distressed for the way Adam Scott appeared to ‘blow’ his chance of a first Major by finishing with four bogeys in the last four holes? Certainly, Ernie Els himself appeared to be a little deflated in his interview straight after the win as it became apparent he was The Open champion again. Els could obviously sense the pain of loss Adam Scott would have to cope with initially and in the aftermath of the tournament. The comments after the event have been very predictable in the sense of the focus on the apparent fact Scott ‘choked’ and he ‘blew’ his chance. On the surface of it, he did, but if we perhaps look a little deeper into what ACTUALLY happened, then we might be able to build something of a more complete picture. At the University of Chicago, a Professor of Psychology called Sian Beilock has spent her academic life studying the phenomena of choking and her fascinating book simply called ‘Choke’ gives some tremendously in depth analysis of what our brain is actually doing under pressure when we succumb to a situation and blow our chance to win. Beilock talks about how under stress the expert brain can actually change and become like a beginner again. When an expert performs well, the motor brain areas are in control and he is largely unconscious of what he is actually doing.

Skill can only take you so far in golf, the mental game is just as important as Adam Scott found out. He is pretty much on ‘auto pilot’. Under pressure Beilock explains how we can become beginners again if we think too much and the areas of the brain involved with attention, memory and control become too active. We think too much and then ‘do’ too little. Yet, did Adam Scott really start hitting shots that looked like a beginner? Did he start to hit the ball way off line in the manner of other high profile choking disasters? What we do need to remember is the last four

www.golffocus.net holes at Royal Lytham are INCREDIBLY difficult when the wind starts to blow and for the first time on Sunday afternoon, the course started to bear its teeth as the wind speed started to noticeably increase. For sure, Scott didn’t hit perfect shots on the last four holes. He pulled his approach on 15 and 17 and three putted the 16th but he hit a tremendous tee shot on the 17th after three putting and then even on the 19th he hit a superb third shot approach after being in the bunker of the tee. Yes, the shots were less than perfect but he certainly wasn’t hitting it off the map. For me the real key was the DECISION on the 18th to hit a three wood off the tee. As the hole was playing with a slightly helping wind that day and the absolute key to the hole is to avoid the fairway cross bunkers, then perhaps the key to the tee shot was to either lay up well short with an iron and leave yourself a medium to long iron approach OR to stand there and smash a driver over everything and go for a three in an attempt to actually still win the tournament as opposed to making a four to tie. After all, Ernie had made a birdie with that exact play. The irony also was Scott had driven the ball beautifully all day, even on the closing holes. Could it be argued his Caddie, the man who took such credit for ‘his’ win with Adam Scott in the World Golf Championship, could be held somewhat accountable for what seemed a poor tactical decision? It is tough to say and easy for us who were not actually there to speculate but for me, it is important Adam Scott really looks at the facts of what happened rather than being drawn into too many stories about how he ‘choked’ under pressure.

I do think we sometimes confuse choking with a task which suddenly becomes incredibly difficult and any errors are hugely magnified. The absolute key for him is that way he DEALS with the loss of the tournament much more than discussion of how or why he may or may not have choked. There is a wonderful video of Greg Norman in a press conference on YouTube the day after his catastrophic collapse in the US Masters in 1996 when he threw away a 7 shot lead in the final round to a relentless Nick Faldo. In the video, it seems the press are actually more deflated than he is! He makes the comment that nobody died out there and I have 40 million dollars in the bank and I AM a good player, I just wasn’t a good player YESTERDAY! He manages to give a perspective on what could have been a career ending performance. The fact that Norman went on to win other Major after that is testimony to his great resilience. Hopefully, Adam Scott can look back on the experience of Lytham and learn from it without there being too much emotional damage. He is too good a player not to have a Major win at some point. What can the rest of us who play golf learn though from these great champions and the struggle to close out a tournament and secure a victory, when you have the opportunity presented to you on a plate? Pressure is pressure in the sense that the feeling you will have in your system to try to win the club championship, get your handicap below 10 or even break a hundred for the first time, will be exactly the same as the sensations the great players feel. Tension is tension, it is just the relative situation that changes.

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Fiona pictured with her mum Anne at her hen party in Murphy’s.

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STRABANE GOLF FOYLE HOSPICE PRESENTATION NIGHT

Francie Devine and his wife Anne enjoying the presentation evening with Patsy and Marcella Rouse.

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Michael Kennedy,Eddie Devenney Seamus Friel and Gerry Glover.

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The winner of the Junior Girls Captains prize was Abbie Maxwell with other winners Orlagh Neeson and Hannah McCrory also Junior girls convenor GeralOther winners in the Girls section dine McCrory and Junior Girls Captain Rachael McNally.

The recent winners of the Foyle Hospice Team Classic were Pat Patton, John Duffy, Hugo McCusker and Eugene Patton with Bernadette Wilkinson Monica Patton and

Monica Patton presented the John Joe Memorial trophy to team Captain Hugo McCusker.

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