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HELP JIM WIN ‘VOICE OF IRELAND’ Douglas Bridge man Jim Devine is still well in the hunt for ‘The Voice of Ireland’ title after successfully negotiating his way through the first two live shows at the Helix arena in Dublin. In what has been to date a nerve jangling affair the Strabane resident came through his latest test with his version of Boyce Avenue’s and Rhianna’s song ‘We Found love’. Jim explains, “It was one of the most wonderful feelings ever to hear my name called out as one of the automatic choices from the public vote, it just capped off what has been a wonderful week for myself and my wife Orlagh after the birth of our first child, Ella who was born on the previous Wednesday.” Jim remarked that he now knows the road to Dublin as well as the road to Douglas Bridge having travelled it so often during the past week to be with his wife and new baby. “It was a really early start for rehearsals on the day of the live show we all had to be at the Helix for 7.30am and with an hour less in bed I don’t know where we summoned up the energy but it was all well worth it in the end I have been running on adrenalin ever since.” Jim will next appear on the live shows on Easter Sunday night and is again really looking forward to the experience, “The Helix is a really brilliant arena for the event although quite intimate in comparison to some other arenas, the sound quality within the hall is amazing, although when listening back to some of the performances it does not always come across quite as good on live television. The song choice is so important and holding your nerve is the key to everything, it is so nerve wrecking standing there waiting for your name to be called to go and perform your song knowing you only have 1min 30 seconds to put it over to the public!” “The judges remarked that they would prefer to hear me sing some country stuff and although I do love American country music, I do like to cover all types of music and I hope I have a wee surprise lined up for the next show.” “Kian Eagan has been brilliant to work with and

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has been really helpful throughout even if we have some small differences on choice of song, I really have enjoyed working and Learning from him.” “Sharon Corr too has been very supportive of me and we have become good friends she has told me of her great fondness for the Lifford Strabane area where indeed her Mother came from.” Jim goes on to acknowledge the huge support he has been receiving in recent weeks from people not just from the North West but from all over! Jim wants to thank everybody who has voted and supported and campaigned for him. He also wishes to thank the local media, especially the Strabane Herald for all the support and coverage he has recieved. So this Easter Sunday please support our Jim on his journey, hopefully it will end with joy. Jim has had an amazing time so far and he looks forward to meeting lots of local people and doing a few local shows aswell...good luck Jim!

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There are calls for a disused factory in Victoria Bridge to be made more secure, with fears growing that it is becoming increasingly dangerous. By Kevin McAnena Local residents have raised concerns over the state of the old Nestle factory in the village, which has become run down. Some residents brought their worries to West Tyrone MLA Joe Byrne, who has visited the site. He’s added his voice to those calling for action to be taken by the owners of the building and Strabane District Council. “I visited the factory site and I am alarmed at the

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Petition f Receives Huge Local Support THE family of a local Strabane man, Simon Glenn who was tragically killed by a drunk driver last year have been overwhelmed by the response they have been given by the community following their petition to have the man who claimed his life sentence increase.

Nineteen year old Conor Breen, from Eskra was two and a half times over the legal drink-drive limit when he crashed into the car driven by Simon (26) outside Omagh last April. Mr Breen was jailed for three years for causing death by dangerous driving in court last month. Martina Glenn, Simon’s mother, who was also injured during the crash, was appalled by the leniency of the sentencing decided to appeal the decision- with the Strabane community giving her their full support. Since the court hearing, a door-to-door petition is underway and a facebook page urging for people to sign the petition has already had 1,600 signatures with the aim of adding more. Simon’s aunt, Ann Jef-

ferson who founded the page said: “We are planning to take the petition to Stormont; I am in contact with a few MLAs who are giving us their full support on this. If this does not change the sentence that was given to Conor Breen, we hope that it will change the sentencing process for drunk drivers, this was an injustice for us.” Speaking about the loss of Simon from their lives, Ann said: “Simon is missed so much by all of us. What we witness Martina go through every day is heart-breaking, there is nothing we can do but be there for her, Samantha Lili and Karen. They have had there hearts ripped from them and my mum is so broken-hearted. The last time she spoke to Simon he told her that he would have her sitting at the top of the table when he and Karen got married, with a big hat on. Simon was and still is one in a million and will never be forgotten. I will do my best along with the rest of the family to succeed in this. For Martina her life too ended the day Simon died.” The support for the Glenn family is undeniable, one comment on the Facebook site reads: “Signed for Justice.”

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An Icon Will Live On Last month saw the passing of one of the real musical talents left in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music industry. The stunning Whitney Houston sadly died in a hotel in Los Angeles on 12th February, sending shockwaves across the world. I was on my way home from a night out when I heard the news; my initial reaction was that it was another rumour circling through the internet. I was sadly mistaken when the news appeared on TV; my ďŹ rst thought was what a waste. Growing up during the nineties, Whitney Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music was played constantly in our house; my mum was also a big fan and bought her greatest hits album to listen to while she did the housework. Her soulful voice would send shivers down my spine, especially the Greatest Love of All, what a song. Her ďŹ rst acting role in The Bodyguard saw her fame reach new heights as it strengthened peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beliefs that Whitney was special and a woman with exceptional ability. Her death is not only a shocking waste of pure talent but a heart-breaking loss of someone who once had the world at her feet. Her success was not only on a magnitude of itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own but it also appears to have been her downfall.

Whitney Houston was always honest and frank about how she lived her life.

The tributes that poured in from fellow celebrities on the wake of her death, only deďŹ nes that she was not only loved but had also been forgiven for her past misdemeanours.

It was not a secret that Whitney had battled addiction, her problem with drugs seen her take a backseat in the music industry with her comeback in 2009 resulting in speculation that she had not yet defeated her demons. The star once said in an interview with Diane Sawyer that she was her own worst enemy and blamed nobody for her life spiralling out of control, her family did not agree, her husband was the source. Within a year the music industry has been hit with fatal blows after another music icon, Amy Winehouse, died in similar circumstances after her ďŹ ght with addiction seen her hit rock bottom at a very young age. The passing of these legends can make you question if a life surrounded by fame and fortune is worth the luxurious beneďŹ ts that come hand in hand with success? Both women died just before they were due to make longawaited comebacks and therefore it can be argued that the stress of ensuring you perfect every detail of your life, without failing could have been too much for their already weakened bodies to handle. It can not be denied that Whitneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy will live on in the hearts of her fans, and that no matter why or how she died her death was a tragedy and she will only be remembered for her contribution to music and not her personal battles.

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By Megan Conroy The programme was announced by Agriculture minister Michelle Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill at a stakeholder meeting held in Stormont last week, where representatives from local councils, rural development groups and other rural partnership organisations, voiced their opinions and recommendations Sinn Fein West Tyrone MLA, and member of the Assemblyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rural Development Committee, Michaela Boyle said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; framework and associated action plan will help target the causes of social isolation and help those in poverty in rural areas throughout the North. This is recognised as a priority area in the recently published draft Programme for Government and the framework also has a direct link to the Rural White Paper Action Plan.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The framework will help support a range of activities that will make a difference, most in collaboration with other stakeholders. These will include: improving access to transport; maximising access to grants, beneďŹ ts and services; the rural support charity; rural community development; fuel poverty schemes; a Health Checks programme; a Rural Youth Employability Programme; a Rural Young Entrepreneurs Programme; a services for older people project; a borewell requisition project; and a small grants programme. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is through these many interventions that our rural areas can continue to be sustainable. They will also help support the most vulnerable who are often forgot about but can make an enormous contribution to society.â&#x20AC;?


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Dress designed by Carla heron and modelled by Aoife Blacklaws.

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The Biggest Music Competition in the North West is Back! Yes it’s that time of year again Sounds Like Summer is back!!! Now in its 5th year we at the Alley Theatre cannot wait for another year of great music and we are calling out to all musicians to get involved in one of Northern Ireland’s leading festivals for unsigned bands.

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Conor McAteer went on to join other past winners such King Coma, Turbulent EDDY and Pavessi who are all doing very well touring around the music scene in Ireland. Other finalists that have competed in Sounds Like Summer who have went on to immense success is Derry’s Wonder Villains who have performed at Glastonbury and at Radio One’s ‘One Big Weekend’. Rainy Boy Sleep who was a finalist in 2009 and 2010 has now gone on to support James Morrison in his concert tours. The Alley Theatre is calling all bands, musicians and soloists to get involved. SLS 2012 offers a package of prizes including a portfolio of professional photographs for all qualifying acts, a performance fee of £100 for all qualifying acts. The opportunity to meet with music industry professionals including Andrew Ferris from Small Town America Records, Joe Duggan from Shine Productions and Jeff Robinson from Jeff Robinson PR and avail of one to one mentoring for 4 finalists. The performances of all 4 finalists will be professionally filmed for upload and the overall winner of SLS 2012 will receive post event mentoring from Small Town America Records and two days studio time. The qualifying heats are on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June with the grand final on Friday 29th June. All acts shortlisted for the qualifiers will receive payment for their performance So if you perform in a band or are a singer songwriter we want to hear from you! Whatever you play from pop, rock, grunge, trad or acoustic the festival is open to all types of music. To enter SLS 2012 simply visit or www. or contact Jacqui Doherty on 028 71 884760 email Closing date is Friday 4th May.

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Picnic’s got the cure for the Summer time blues diluted this year given that Oxegen, which attracts a mainly teenage to early twenties audience, has been cancelled. The additions of acts like Ed Sheeran and The Killers have been seen, by some, as an olive branch to the homeless Oxegen campers. But with Weekend tickets priced at €230 and Sunday day tickets at €99.50 (both with all those lovely Ticketmaster extras) it’s hard to envisage someone forking out that kind of money for just a handful of acts, so the pipe and slippers brigade can sleep soundly in their campervans.

Last month we looked at some of the big live draws in Ireland this summer, while also stating that news on this year’s Electric Picnic festival would be forthcoming. Well we didn’t have to wait too long: two days in fact and the first batch of the line-up was announced. As ever the festival takes place at its regular stomping ground in the middle of Stradbally, County Laois from Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2. The Cure

money, with the mascara smudged legend that is Robert Smith returning to Ireland for what will be the first Irish appearance by The Cure since Oxegen 2004. Joining The Cure for the weekend are: Sigur Ros; Elbow; Ed Sheeran; Grizzly Bear; Orbital; Christy Moore; The Roots; Glen Hansard; The xx; Metronomy; The Horrors; Ed Sheerin Azealia Banks; Roots Manuva; Bell The rumours of The Cure appear- X1; John Digweed; Staff Benda ing, which we touched on last Bilili; Milagers; Alabama Shake; month, have proven to be on the Cranes; Little Roy; Hot Chip; Land

Lovers; Baxter Dury; Jonathan Wilson; Solar Bears; Fatoumata Diawara; Willis Earl Beal; Lanterns on the Lake; The Killers; Bat For Lashes and Tindersticks. Naturally, there are more than a few names to be added to the line-up over the next few weeks, which is just as well because the list is still far from drool-worthy. There were concerns, also, from some festival regulars that the eclectic spirit of Electric Picnic, which attracts mainly a 25-plus audience, may be

So who else will be added to the list? Well one can only speculate but the Radiohead rumours won’t go away and the line-up is still lacking the obligatory eighties synth-band and reformed New Wave act. A few more Irish acts, particularly some of the amazing acts from the north, wouldn’t go a miss either. Derry’s Wonder Villains (who have just returned from their first US shows at South-by-Southwest in Austin, Texas)? Lifford’s Rainy Boy Sleep? Belfast’s And So I Watch You From Afar? Derry’s Japanese Popstars? Sure why not?

Blessed are the Bigmouths While recently browsing through the music magazine section at a store, I decided to take a step back and observe the front covers. Without naming the eight magazines in question, the cover stars were Bruce Springsteen, Paul Weller, Van Halen, John Lydon, Noel Gallagher, Morrissey, David Bowie and Kiss. All eight names are entertaining and blessed with a fine blend of wisdom, wit and controversy; however there is a problem here. With the exception of Noel Gallagher, who is in his mid-forties, everyone else on the list is over John Lydon fifty. It made me wonder where the young cover stars of today are. Are they simply being pushed aside by sycophantic journalists content to stick to the ‘old boys club’? If this was the case it would be easier to understand but it isn’t that simple. When all of the above were in their twenties they were still making the cover of the monthly and weekly magazines, spouting humorous, passionate and venomous gold from beginning to end. I recently brought this issue up to a music journalist, who contributes to a number of magazines. He

Metal Hammer down through the years. But then again, maybe they’re not supposed to. Perhaps the problem lies in what people want from their pop stars and rock stars in 2012. Aloofness, arrogance, self-confidence and having an opinion are now all deemed as negative qualities. People dislike individuals who exude any of these traits, which is a shame. These qualities seeped into the very music and public persona of people like Bowie, The Stones, The Pistols, The Clash, The Smiths and even Oasis but now it seems that no-one wants such colourfulness and outlandishness from pop stars. Could it be that when a young audience is repeatedly fed an onslaught of conservative Stepford careerist clones they’ll told me that interviewing contemporary musicians eventually become conditioned into assuming was like trying to get blood from a stone. He basi- that anything else has no place in popular music? cally implied that the new crop of rock stars and Morrissey pop stars are boring, vacuous and have absolutely nothing to say and simply want the fame without having to bother with what it takes to actually generate it. None of this naturally makes for a good magazine if such people are to be slapped on the cover. So what happens when the old guard are gone? Will the music magazine disappear too? The Internet has made life increasingly difficult for the monthlies and the weeklies. But as the music press continues to shift to an online existence it still requires content. Can the younger generation of musicians deliver it? Monosyllabic, scruffy, fidgeting bores certainly will not quench the appetite of those spoiled on the glorious copy The music business has been turned upside down delivered by all who populated the covers of the over the past ten years and the suits are absolutely NME, Sounds, Melody Maker, Vox, Select and terrified to make a false move as it could be the Paul Weller & Noel Gallagher

Website and Album Launch For Pete O’Hanlon Strabane singer - songwriter Pete O’Hanlon has been very busy of late. Having recently released his latest album ‘Simple Equation’, which the ‘Herald cannot recommend enough, O’Hanlon has now launched his new official website (, where all who appreciate the Strabane man’s fine talents can keep up to date with all his latest news and gigs, with the addition of a fine gallery of pictures past and present. The new album has garnered acclaim across the board. American singer, songwriter and poet RB Morris said of the album: “Just like O’Hanlon’s ‘Trick of Time’ (record), I think it will be seen as one of the great documents of Irish songwriters/ musicians. It has more dimensions, more sheer Strabane’s Pete O’Hanlon talent rendered, than anything new I can point to by any current artist, especially in the whole Americana swath, which of course all your jades like to p*** on, but which of course has more relevancy than all the stuff that makes them stand up and salute.” O’Hanlon will begin the launch of the new album with a performance at Sandinos in Derry on Thursday, April 12. He will also be joined on stage by the Bluebells. It promises to be a very special night. The album is currently available in Cool Discs on Foyle Street. The new album is also available to purchase on the website via PayPal. Get hold of the album and get down to Sandinos on April 12. You’ll not regret it. Admission for the Sandinos gig is £5 and it all kicks off at 10pm. move that sinks them. It makes from an extremely safe environment where anyone with any sense of danger about them simply does not get in the door. Controversy today is drug-related and that should never be championed or glamorised - it has left too many in the cemetery. And too many morons still buy into the ‘TV out the window’ nonsense of the sixties and seventies. The real drama lies, just like it always has, in the outsider, the uninvited guest, the fly in the ointment, but such figures are an endangered species in the world of pop these days. The last genuine group of gate-crashers were the Gallagher brothers in the mid-nineties. With a guitar, a bag of cans and a heel of a loaf, they were rough diamond outsiders, who then reported back to us on how the other half lived until, naturally, they became part of the other half; it was fun while it lasted though. There are always outsiders floating around and they are capable of shaking things up again. They just need an audience willing to welcome a whiff of the unpredictable. So do not dismiss the daydreamer, the arrogant git who’s up his or her own backside, the aloof strange lad or girl in your class with funny hair and funnier dress sense. These individuals are needed now more than ever because we can’t depend on the same old hags forever. As the late Joe Strummer once said: “the future is unwritten.” Let’s just hope it’s worth reading.

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‘PEOPLE FIRST’ SPORTS AWARDS Strabane District Council in association with the Strabane District Sports Forum this week launches the ‘People First’ Sports Awards for 2011 to recognise the efforts of the volunteers in our district who have made an outstanding contribution to Sport. The Strabane Sports Forum has selected ten different award categories, which they feel will encompass all areas of the voluntary endeavour. Council Chairperson Brian Mc Mahon said, “As well as highlighting the tremendous achievements gained, we also wish to recognise the unsung heroes of the community and sport sectors, those volunteers who give countless unpaid hours for the good of others.” This year the Sports Forum have included ten categories, which they feel, will help capture other great achievement from within the District. The categories for nominations are: • Sports Star of the Year • Young Sports Star of the year • Manager/Coach of the year • Team of the Year • School Team of the Year • Young Team of the Year

• Sports Person of the Year with a Disability • Club of the Year • Hall of fame • Special Award Chairman of Strabane Sports Forum, Aodhan Harkin commented “Amongst those new award categories we have selected a ‘Hall of Fame’, which looks to recognise the achievements of past greats, who achieved success in their sport before the Sports Forum launched its awards scheme back in 2004”. Strabane District Council invites nominations from organisations, community groups, sports clubs, schools, youth clubs and individuals, for the ten categories of awards. If you are aware of someone who deserves recognition for their efforts throughout the past year, this is your opportunity to give them something back. The presentation of awards is to be held on Wednesday 2nd May in the new Alley Arts and Conference Centre. Nomination forms are available from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Strabane District Council, 47 Derry Road, Strabane, BT82 8DY, Tel 02871 382204. Alternatively you can download the nomination form from the Council’s website. The closing date for nominations is Friday 20th April 2012 at 4.00 pm.

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An old school troubadour, Freddie White’s live performances are nothing short of legendary. Freddie has been part of the fabric of the live music scene in Ireland since the 1970’s and continues to attract new admirers while retaining a loyal core fan base. Whether interpreting songs by his favourite writers (Freddie’s renditions of Tom Wait’s Martha and Warren Zevon’s Accidentally Like A Martyr are our particular favourites) or performing his own classy compositions, his live performances are nothing short of legendary. From busking in London subways at the age on nineteen to his emergence as one of the leading lights of the Irish folk scene to the present day, Wed Apr 4th Freddie consistently remains one of the most soulful, heartfelt and talented performers you will ever The Mothers Arms hear. Little John Nee – the man behind Rural Electric His ability to hold the audience in the palm of his and Dead Rooster Blues – returns with another hand in an intimate setting makes The Balor the incredible show full of music, hilarity and enter- perfect venue for a Freddie White gig. tainment. Welcome to Mon Apr 16th The Mothers The All American Country Show Arms Singing Lounge! feat. Eamonn McCann, Joe Moore Up in the and Chris Logue. hills in the middle of When it comes to pure country music it doesn’t get nowhere...a better than this. dilapidated Singer/Songwriter, Eamon McCann has been one two storey building surrounded by tumbling sheds; of the top country attractions throughout Ireland dry stone, rusty tin, rotting timber and tar-paper, the and the UK for the last 20 years. On the night he yard surrendered to weeds... a quiet place where will be joined by Chris Logue - surviving member lonely farmers and weary travellers are drawn to of the world renowned Logue & McCool and Joe while away the empty hours. Moore whose recent performances on Glor Tire on It’s been a long time since there was any singing. TG4 have underlined his talent as one of Ireland’s The previous proprietor has been sent to prison. very best country singers. His daughter has returned from Louisiana to run Eamonn, Chris and Joe will perform their many the place as the banks circle like vultures. On a hits plus a selection from country legends such beautiful summers’ morning a vintage automobile as Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, George Jones, struggles up the hill. Inside are a quartet of musi- George Strait , Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, cians who call themselves ‘The Highly Strung Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, and Orchestra’. You just know that when they enter many more. The Mothers Arms things will never be the same If you’re a fan of country music than this show again... is for you - with Eamon McCann’s Great country This new show, a mixture of music and storytell- Band which now includes Fiddle and Steel, it will ing by Little John Nee, is a comic, musical helter- sound like Nashville has come to Ballybofey. skelter ride through a surreal but frighteningly believable rural gothic landscape. Weds Apr 18th Suitable ages 14+ We are delighted to welcome the dulcet tones of musician Freddie White on Sat Apr 14th and multi platinum award winning singer songwriter Liam Lawton on Wed April 18th. Neil Delamere brings his brand new show Restructuring to the Balor following previous sell out shows at the venue! Hilarious as always as he comes to terms with changes in the country, the world, and more importantly his living arrangements! and rounding off the Month with a long anticipated return visit by Limehouse Lizzy, Renowned for an action-packed pyrothechnic-fuelled explosion of a show, Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive. Tickets for all shows are on sale now from the Balor Box-office on –NI:00353 749131840 ROI:0749131840 For more info log onto

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An Audience with Fergus Cleary Fergus Cleary is one of Donegal’s greatest characters, a consummate storyteller and natural performer whose honest, delicate and very funny record of Donegal life over the past 50 years is both a valuable social document and a great night’s entertainment. An Audience with Fergus Cleary is a superb piece

Liam Lawton 20th Anniversary Tour

From Carnegie Hall to Chicago Symphony Hall, multi platinum award winning singer songwriter Liam Lawton is renowned for his unique sound and inspirational music. Liam Lawton is a unique artist whose music has etched itself on the landscape of Ireland and far beyond. Drawing from the sacred and rich tradition of his culture, Liam has found a contemporary voice for ancient longing and the quest for the Divine in modern life. His music is numinous and timeless and finds echoes in ages past with lyrics that are poetic and powerful finding a resonance in everyday life. Twenty years a performer, Liam became a house-

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Limehouse Lizzy hold name when his song ‘The Cloud’s Veil’ was used as part of all memorial services of the 911 World Trade Centre disaster. Since then he has recorded three multi-platinum selling albums on the EMI record label and has toured the world over. His music has been translated into six different languages and has been performed in concert halls globally. Hollywood luminaries such as Gregory Peck, Joan Cusack and John Malkovich have guested and narrated on three of Liam’s specially commissioned works for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This is Liams first appearance at The Balor and comes as part of his 20th anniversary tour.

hints on how to handle the UK traffic police will be dispensed as well as sage advice on why not to pour olive oil in your ears. One of the sharpest comedy minds in the Irish comedy scene today, this born story-teller takes to the stage with his original brand of razor sharp wit and hilarious anecdotes making Restructuring a must-see for any discerning comedy fan.

The Blame Game and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Channel 4’s Stand Up for the Week come to terms with the changes in the country, the world and more importantly his own living arrangements! Handy

Their shows are an audio-visual spectacular with their recreation of the distinctive Lizzy twin guitar completed by their famous mirrored backdrop, police lights and full pyrotechnic display proving a firm crowd favourite.

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Limehouse Lizzy

Limehouse Lizzy, the world’s No.1 Thin Lizzy tribute band, return to the Balor with their electrifying two hour show. Hailed as Sat Apr 21st ‘the best Thin Neil Delamere Lizzy tribNeil Delamere returns with his brand new show – ute band in Restructuring. Following the sell out success of his the world’ last show, Neil Delaby press and mere returns with the admirers national tour of his alike, Limehighly anticipated house Lizzy new show, Restrucare fronted by Wayne Ellis, who is as close as you turing. Equally can possibly get to the late, great Philip Lynott hilarious on and off himself. Wayne’s vocals capture that distinctive script, don’t miss Lynott delivery brilliantly, while his bass playing this five star comedy is impeccably accurate to the original tracks. maestros return to The Limehouse Lizzy live show continues to roll Ballybofey. on at an exhausting rate with over 200 live shows each and every year , bringing the house down Restructuring sees time after time, gig after gig. Limehouse Lizzy are the star of RTE’s regular visitors to the Balor. The Panel, BBC’s

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A national charity is calling on people in the Strabane district to put their feet first for diabetes, and take part in their Walk in the Park next month. By Kevin McAnena The event is one of 13 walking events taking place across Northern Ireland to raise funds for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland. The Strabane walk is two miles long so the entire family can take part and the route is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs with dogs allowed on leads. Everyone who completes the route will receive a medal. Latest figures indicate 1880 people in the Strabane District Council area are diagnosed with diabetes. Overall in Northern Ireland, there are 73,500 people diagnosed with the condition, 1000 of

which are young people and children. Naomi Brown, Fundraising Assistant for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland said: “Earlier this year we launched our Putting Feet First Campaign which highlighted the number of preventable diabetesrelated amputations here. We’re determined to change this but we rely heavily on people to raise vital funds to allow us to continue our activities.” She added: “This summer we are asking people to put their feet first, enjoy a family walk in the sunshine and help those who are living with this condition. Living a healthy lifestyle is also important for good diabetes control and walking is a great way to become more active and help to prevent Type 2 diabetes. I would urge anyone who is available on the day to come and join us.” The walk will start at Asda car park on Monday 14th May at 7.00pm, and to register for the walk and to receive a sponsorship form, please contact Naomi Brown on 028 9066 6646 or email

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The growing trend of having the perfect make-up is considered by many women as having the same significance as the outfit required for a night on the town. By Megan Conroy Before a night out, a week of preparation is usually underway, ensuring tans are streak-free and nails are perfectly manicured, the exert effort that is put in to looking glamorous is a lengthy process. Adding to the extensive list of pre- night out duties is the application of the make-up must-have, false eyelashes. Sometimes a tricky job, applying the lashes can result in a catastrophe with fingers being stuck to the eye and tears streaking the already applied foundation, not a glam look. Make-up manufacturers have taken the hassle of applying false eyelashes into consideration, realising not all woman are make-up artists they have create the false-lash effect mascara. Having been on the market a few years now this is not a new

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Titanic 100 Years On IN a year that celebrates the Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50 year reign, the Olympic Games coming to London and the superstition that the world will come to a bitter end, 2012 also marks the 100 year anniversary of the sunken maiden voyage RMS Titanic. By Megan Conroy The tale of the tragic White Star liner that sank on April 15 1912 has sparked fascination across the globe for a century due to the momentous loss of 1,522 lives on that ill-fateful morning. The ship was the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest passenger liner when it sailed from Southampton. Striking an iceberg four days into the voyage in the icy Atlantic waters brought the world to a standstill. Almost 3 hours after the fatal blow from the glacier, the ship made its way to the bottom of the ocean. The maritime disaster may have occurred 100 years ago with the story depicted on-screen many times but this year historians across Ireland and the rest of the world are undeterred in their campaign to highlight the importance of the sunken ship in history. RMS Titanic was built in Belfast and was homed there from 1911 until it made its first and last voyage in 1912. Although the ship was described as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;unsinkableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Belfast city council have used this fact to their advantage with the completion of the Titanic Quarter, with an estimated ÂŁ9 Billion investment in the site. Some critics have blasted the building of the quarter, with one on-line blogger questioning: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why people take pride in claiming the ship was built in Belfast, I will never understand? Celebrating the loss of so many lives is shameful. It should be mourned not celebrated. Wasting that amount of money

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Frylite Forever Moving Forward After 24 years in business, Frylite, Ireland’s leading vegetable oil supplier and waste oil collector, continues to grow from strength to strength. A constantly evolving vision for the future, spearheaded by Managing Director Eamon McCay, has seen the business successfully create further opportunities in challenging and improving upon existing industry practices, and all to meet the surging demand for their products and services.

Eamon McCay, managing director of Frylite.

One such fresh development is Frylite’s new venture into beef dripping, which comes deodorised in 10KG blocks of the finest quality and with an excellent frying life.

and Strabane, which is the head office base. They are also different from most other suppliers in the market in that they are able to offer their customers an all-in-one service.

This latest, much in demand, development accompanies Frylite’s already large array of edible cooking oils, such as: Soya Bean Oil; Rapeseed Oil; Cremonini Olive Oils/Extra Virgin/Pomace; Frymax.

This involves the delivery of fresh oil to the customer’s premises and the collection of the waste oil at the same time. So far, Frylite’s customer base of over 7000 customers already enjoy the benefits of their unique oil management system.

Frylite offers nationwide coverage throughout Ireland via their strategically located depots in Coleraine, Craigavon, Dublin, Galway and Cork

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With fresh concepts and a fruitful eye on the future, the Frylite success story is set to continue. Their current project is the establishment of a state of the art used oil processing plant which, when complete, will bring the employee count to almost 100 at the head office location - an additional benefit to the local economy. So, after 24 years of great success and impeccably high standards of service, Frylite continues to be at the cutting edge and the forefront of the industry. Capitalising on this success, they will also be proudly participating in this year’s IFEX event, which is Northern Ireland’s premier food, retail and hospitality event, in Belfast’s King’s Hall on April 24-26 this year.

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Employability Department

At Holy Cross College, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is a pivotal theme within our comprehensive and robust Employability programme for all Key Stage 3 and 4 students. The Employability Department works very closely with the Business Studies and Careers Departments in school to develop ‘enterprise’ in its broadest sense, supported by Young Enterprise and the Careers Service NI, who both play a significant role in this quest. Together, we aim to develop young people with a ‘can do’ attitude who inherently think in terms of customer service; can work effectively with colleagues; are creative in solving work-based problems; and who may consider self-employment as a viable career option one day but who will ultimately prove an asset to any prospective employer. To this end, the Department plans to introduce new Key Stage 4 employability qualifications to complement the academic capability of our students and to enhance and verify their employability skills, particularly in terms of their contribution to the local economy as part-time employees and trainees in local business organisations. We are always interested in developing our links with the business community and would welcome the assistance of any local businesses who feel they can contribute in any way to the development of enterprise and employability skills within our school community. Mrs Marita McCullagh, Head of Subject - Employability

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Business Studies at Holy Cross College The Business Studies department at Holy Cross College offers students a number of opportunities to develop appropriate skills for the workplace. Courses offered at Holy Cross College:

GCSE Level GCSE Business & Communication Systems This course teaches the importance of ICT in business e.g. ICT data systems, date security and the use of software to communicate information. Pupils are also given the opportunity to make use of computer software (in a business context) e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, databases, power point presentations and webpage design. The Business Studies department decided to offer this more ICT based business course in order to recognise the changing face of business and

the need for ICT experience for any students considering business as a career. BTEC in Business This qualification provides a starting point into employment in many of the diverse areas of business, including roles in specialist areas such as marketing, finance, customer service or human resources in large businesses, or a more general role in a small local business. In the two core units, learners will have the opportunity to develop the key enterprise and financial skills and knowledge necessary to enable them to understand how businesses recognise opportunities, and build on them to succeed. Learners will understand how a business makes and manages its money, and plans for the future.

A Level GCE Business Studies (all exam) This course gives pupils a holistic understanding of business. Participants develop

a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants. Pupils are taught how to generate enterprising and creative solutions to business problems and issues. They become aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals. GCE Applied Business (two thirds assignment based) Pupils gain a practical understanding of the practices and techniques used within management. They learn the processes, attractions and risks of setting up an enterprise, and become aware of social and ethical issues in business. The course contributes to the development of the skills required for success as an entrepreneur, manager or employee. Pupils have to apply numerical and written business techniques in a variety of business contexts. They also have to explore business problems and learn to identify possible solutions.

A group of Year 11 Business & Communication Systems and Year 13 Business Studies pupils took part in a Skype meeting on Wednesday, February 29 with three US business partners from a business called Casart Coverings (Virginia, USA), as part of the “Export Clever Programme”. The Skype meeting was held in Strabane District Council Offices. The pupils introduced themselves to the US business partners (Casart Coverings) and vice versa, before starting work on a research project for them. These Holy Cross College pupils will be working along with Year 11 Business Studies pupils from Strabane Academy to complete the research. The business partners want the pupils to look into the Marketing Mix the business would have to use if it was to enter the UK market. The BBC was greatly interested in the idea of two schools, from different parts of the political divide, working together on a project. The Skype meeting was recorded, pupils were interviewed and the enterprise was aired on the BBC’s “Hearts and Minds” programme.

Young Enterprise: Learning by Doing The Young Enterprise Learn to Earn Programme: • Provides students with an opportunity to explore and identify their aptitudes, abilities, and the things they enjoy doing, and to begin to match these with future careers • Raises students’ economic awareness of the link between what they do at school and their future life prospects • Raises students’ aspirations of what they might achieve in the future, and encourages them to make plans for future success.

The programme helps students to gain:

Year 11 students who participated in the “Quick Start” enterprise programme

Some of the Year 11 students who received certificates to mark their successful completion of the Young Enterprise “Learn to Earn” programme.

• Social skills — raising motivation, participation in schooling and employability skills • An opportunity to begin planning for their ideal lifestyle and future career options • An understanding of the type of skills, knowledge and experience required to meet their future goals • ‘Hands-on’ experience — ‘learning by doing’ through completing a range of activities • An understanding of their own definition of success and how to achieve it.


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Allstate Strabane Part of the Community & 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 Ice-cream Van visit in the summer.

Allstate Northern Ireland Allstate Northern Ireland is one of the largest employers in 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. Silver Status that the company had previously received in 2010. Bro McFerran, Managing Director at Allstate Northern Ireland commented “As a major employer in Northern Ireland, we understand the importance of health and wellbeing for our employees in helping us to retain and recruit the best talent to our organization. We have a saying at Allstate that it’s not just a job it’s a way of life, we And the award goes to….. want to make it easy for our employees to have a good work life balance that revolves around their family or leisure activities.” Allstate NI’s health and wellbeing strategy Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning takes into presenting the IiP, Health and Wellbeing Award to Deirdre consideration 4 Doherty and Melissa Whyte from Allstate NI. key areas: Your Money, Your Community, Your In October 2011 Allstate Strabane Health and Your Benefits. This was named ‘Employer of the is in addition to the competitive Year’ at the prestigious Strabane benefits package that the company Business Awards. Allstate was provides employees including described as ‘….the business that Dental, Eye Care, Contributory gym proved a genuine dedication to the membership, Flu Vaccination, Eye development and welfare of their care, lucrative bonus schemes not workforce.’ The award was a great accolade for the Strabane site and a to mention an extensive range of flexible working options. 2012 will direct result of consistent focus on also see the launch of a key strategy our people strategies: Training and Development; Employee health and to drive working from home as a viable option to employees, working wellbeing, Employee engagement, more unsociable shifts with the aim reward and recognition. of improving their work-life balance. The celebrations continued in 2012 It is anticipated that 20% of the when the Strabane site received Strabane workforce will be working the Investors in People Health from home by end of 2012. & Wellbeing Award, this was in addition to the Investors in People 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.

‘’Since the beginning of our relationship (2003) I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful individuals in Ireland. I always comment to everyone I talk to about your lovely place in the world, that I have never felt homesick, out of place or uncomfortable. The business conducted in Strabane is a pure reflection of the people. I may certainly be bias and personally I have no problem with that….. But I truly believe there is no better place in the world for Allstate (and others) to conduct business and work with the people of Allstate Northern Ireland.’’ comment from David Waid (Allstate US).

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

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 Allstate supporting our nervous about going. I would highly community recommend to Being one of the other students largest employers that have an in Strabane, interest in ICT to brings great visit Allstate as it responsibility, is an invaluable not only to our opportunity employees, but and allows you to their families to experience and community. working life in a The Charities large company Committee runs with advanced many events technology and on an on-going confirmed my basis. Recently Allstate Strabane Rides High in career choice in an Indoor Charity Charity Cycle-A-Thon. ICT”. 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 Students from Holy Cross College on92 miles, lasting 7 hours 24 mins site in Allstate NI for work experience. in total. Those 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. The Charities Committee also held a Charity Bake Sale and Book Sale which raised funds for organisations such as Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Knockavoe School, Allstate Strabane was at the forefront of Duchenne Muscular supporting those affected by Hurricane Dystrophy Research, Irene in August 2011. 21 Allstate staff Strabane Special Olympics pledged their time to take telephone calls Committee, Sion Swifts from Allstate customers impacted by the Ladies Football Club, Melanoma Cancer & Breast weather phenomenon. The dangerous and powerful Hurricane Irene posed an extreme Cancer Awareness. The threat to homes and businesses from North Charities Committee also Carolina and Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast supports St. Vincent de and New England. Paul on an annual basis with their Toys for Tots and Martina McNulty was the first Allstater Hamper Appeals. to take a call from a New Yorker with a damaged roof. Martina commented: ‘It is a new experience and you can only feel empathy for those who are losing their home in such circumstances, we are only glad to help.’

Allstate Strabane Kayaking Group show they’re not afraid to get their hair wet!

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Hurricane Irene ‘Blown Away’ by Allstate Strabane

With winds of up to 80mph, power was lost in almost 2 million homes on the American East Coast, with the major New York airports closed over the weekend. The Orchard Road site continued to support this effort during the aftermath as the US started its clean up operation.

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Directors - CP O'Doherty B.A (Hons) ACMA, M O'Doherty

O’Doherty & Sons, manufacture of quality coffins and caskets, is an independent family business tracing its history over three generations has been in existence for over a century and the legacy is being carried on.

NATIONAL TRAINING AWARD Charles O'Doherty & Sons Ltd is the first coffin manufacturer in UK / Ireland to have achieved the National Training Award.

Charles O’Doherty, grandfather of the present owners, brothers Charles and Manus, was a leading manufacturer in the coach and trap making industry in the early twentieth century. A native of the town land of Ballyargas, Redcastle, County Donegal, young Charles served his time as an apprentice trap maker in Butlers Carndonagh before moving to O’Connors in the town of Strabane.

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Strabane Woman Margaret Woods with founder of O’Doherty Coachbuilders (which would eventually become O’ Doherty Coffin Manufacturers) Charles O’Doherty.

In 1928 the company manufactured the first ever diesel car in Europe to run to a timetable the company manufactured the first ever diesel car in Europe to run to a timetable. Around this time he met and fell in love with Commissioned by the Great Northern Raila lady called Margaret Woods. Charles way the wagon was employed for many was keen to marry but she insisted there years to ferry goods throughout Donegal. would be no wedding until he had his own With the arrival of the combustion engine the firm grew from strength to strength and business! soon Alfie and Manus (two of six sons) Coachbuilders joined their father Charles in the business. So in 1908 O’Doherty’s Coachbuilders In 1954 the company was commissioned was in business and the order book was to build the first ever mobile dental unit, bursting at the seams. Margaret kept her which was officially handed over to the promise and in 1910 the couple married. then Health Minister, Tom O’Higgins, on As the factory’s reputation grew offers 21st September. On its success, fleets of began to come in form some of the UK’s transport were custom built to order. most prestigious companies. In 1928 The coachworks and the coffin manufacturing business complimented each other greatly until the 1980’s when new legislation put pay to the former that had been the O’Doherty’s main source of income for decades. However, with life’s certainty being death there was hope that there would always be a need for coffins, so expansion in this area was inevitable. In 1977, Manus O’Doherty Jnr. joined his father. New manFirst diesel rail car to run a timetable in Europe, agement was formed built by Charles O’Doherty and Sons.

in 1990 with the addition of Manus’ brother Charles, who formerly worked with Coates Viyella. Charles and Manus soon realised that a more strategic approach to the develop-

tiveness, flexibility, knowledgeable, skilled and adaptable workforce, were key areas in planning for the company’s future success. Nowadays, a far cry from the days of

Charles O’Doherty with three of his sons in the foreground, and staff. Circa 1925.

Charles O’Doherty handing over keys for Ireland’s first ever mobile dental unit to Minister for Health Tom O’Higgins. Left, Alfie and Manus O’Doherty.

hammers and nails, the company utilises high tech computerised equipment supplying an ever increasing range of high quality funeral products across the UK and Ireland. A short time ago in 2000 the company was a proud recipient of the Investor in People award and the following year was awarded the prestigious National Training Award. Today the company is continuing to grow from strength to strength concentrating on servicing new and existing customers within the Charles, Manus, Dr Sean Farren (Minister for Employment & Learn- UK and Ireland, investing in state ing) and Sam McCrea of Investors in People, at Belfast City Hall. of the art machinery and ensuring ment of the company was the only way all our staff training is of the highest califorward. Marketing awareness, competi- bre.

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Strabane’s Export Clever™ Programme lauded by BBC Hearts & Minds For two years now, Strabane District Council has funded the innovative Export Clever™ Programme which aims to encourage international trade and export amongst young budding entrepreneurs and local businesses. The programme was recently highlighted by the BBC Hearts and Minds Programme because of its potential to increase international export and assist economic recovery locally. The programme has been funded by Strabane District Council’s Economic Development Department. It engaged and involved pupils and teachers from the secondary schools in Strabane, namely Holycross, Strabane Grammar School and Strabane High School (and most recently the Strabane Academy in 2012). The schools agreed to work on a single joint project for their business studies class. They jointly chose to research a business called ‘Around the Table Games’ from St. Louis, Missouri and help prepare it for launching in the UK market. Ms. Kamala Lakhdhir, the

then US Consul General launched the Export Clever ™ programme in Strabane in February 2011. A delegation including three Heads of Business Studies, the Council’s Economic Development Manager, and John Magee, of International Business Initiatives undertook a study visit to St Louis, in February 2011. During their time in St Louis they met with schools, businesses, universities and chambers of commerce. The programme was developed by John Magee of International Business Initiatives. He believes that the most effective market research involves companies directly engaging with

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Strabane Academy pupils with their teachers, the Chairman and the Consul General

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to “move on” or undertake further action. People buy goods and services. They are often influenced in their choices by custom and practice and can include items as such as unlucky colours or numbers. It is a veritable minefield to the uninitiated.” Referring to the potential to engage local students in this process he added: “A great deal of activity by students on business related courses lacks context. A student may be asked to “research a local company” for example. This is poor use of the student’s time, energy and ability. The student would be better motivated if tasked with a research exercise which is needed. Export Clever™ is providing a structured system allowing students within Strabane District to gain exposure to real business projects which are needed; and companies within Strabane District to quickly ascertain the potential of a new overseas market using local students.” On completion of Phase I of

the programme, Strabane District Council’s Chairman, Councillor Brian McMahon, and the US Consul General, Ms. Kamala Lakhdhir, presented the students with an award certificate for their diligence in providing the business with a professional, well researched report which will inform the Around the Table Games Company in progressing their product for the UK market. As a follow up to last year’s visit to St. Louis, Strabane District Council advertised widely for businesses to come forward who wanted to participate on the programme and work with the American Schools to market research their business. Two businesses from Sion Mills were chosen for Phase 2 of Export Clever ™ Programme. Niall Speak of Direct Sound and Lighting and Nigel Collins from Risk & Claims Ltd. travelled to St. Louis accompanied by the Chairman of Strabane District Council’s Economic Development Committee,

Councillor Thomas Kerrigan and again John Magee, International Business Initiatives. The programme establishes an international business culture for the district. It allows local students and businesses to investigate new export opportunities at no cost and increase their competitiveness. It exposes local students to real business projects and develops their skills which will in turn benefit local employers. Following successful delivery of the first Export Clever™ pilot programme, the model has now been expanded to include other schools and other export markets. Both the Strabane Academy and the Holycross College are continuing to work on the programme. The Council recently hosted a Skype Conference for over 45 students from both schools and the BBC’s Hearts and Minds Programme broadcast recording on the 1st March, 2012.

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Strabane District Council has been at the helm of training its businesses and individuals to go global and take advantage of eBay to trade online. The Council’s Economic Development Department has now completed 5 courses with over 75 participants in the past year. The 2-day courses clearly explained how to prepare listings for eBay and how to maximise profits whilst minimising inputs. The courses were distributed throughout the district with venues such as Strabane, Donemana, Newtownstewart, Castlederg and Bready. The courses, conducted by Michael Hughes – eBay’s highest ranked Education Specialist in the UK or Ireland – brought the attendees from ‘introduction to eBay’ to ‘setting up virtual shops’ on the advanced sessions with real live sales. The Council has been extremely pleased with the comments from those who participated on the training and the percentage who decided to explore enterprise through eBay, or those who extended their main street shops to trading on eBay, or those who dabbled at trading to increase their income from home. Michael Hughes, whose courses have been filmed and broadcast on BBC and who is a regular interviewee on radio stations on both sides of the border congratulated Strabane District Council for its “far sighted approach to the needs of indigenous entrepreneurs.” The Chairman of Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian McMahon said “We have been

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JACKSON’S HOTEL - ST PATRICKS FAMILY DAY 2012 Jackson’s Hotel was a hive of activity on St Patrick’s Day, when the Family day events kicked off with the Swimming Gala, sponsored by Jackson’s Hotel, at 12.30 pm. A large number of children who learned to swim over the years took part. There was a very high standard amongst the swimmers, and there were records achieved. But enjoyment and fun was the overall winner on the day. Thank you to all the members and their families for participating in what all agreed was a great day out. Next was the Bonnie Baby Competition, kindly sponsored by “The Finn Valley Voice”. The judge, Mairead Monaghan, had a very hard task as she agreed that all the babies were winners, as their lively personalities shone through. Thank you to all the families who came along, the judge and official leprechaun over the years, Penny O’Donnell. The children’s activities started with the Bouncy Castle and Face painting and then ended with all children dancing their hearts out in the Kids Disco and attended the supervised Cinema Room. The Pet Show got off to a good start in the garden’s of the Hotel, with the sun shining and the waterfall flowing. Only 12 dogs could win a special rosette in order to the categories of small dogs, large dogs, obedience dogs and movement of the tail. There were some beautiful pets put for the day dressed to perfection by their owners, and the children were an example to all. The judge Michelle from “Boarding Kennels” was very impressed by the care and attention given by them to their pets. Well done everyone. The Irish Music was provided by Vincent

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Kelly at the reception of the Hotel and Brian Mc Devitt in Joe’s Bar and both were greatly enjoyed. The same happened with the Karaoke where spot prizes were given. While, the Irish Dancers look beautiful and danced their hearts out all day long, they contributed greatly to the enjoyment and

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atmosphere of St Patrick’s Day. Thanks to all the dancers and to their parents, who dressed them so beautiful and provided the music. The Car Boot Sale was a great success with all kinds of goods on offer, and everyone agreed that they don’t do it often enough.

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Three Holy Cross College teams make Northern Ireland Cup Finals! Holy Cross College have a staggering three teams through to the Umbro Northern Ireland Cup soccer finals. The school will compete in the boys’ U16 and U18 finals at Ballymena Showgrounds on Wednesday April 25, while their senior girls team, who are current holders, will play their final at Moyola Park on Thursday April 19. The U18 boys play Devenish College, Fermanagh. The U16 boys face St Joseph’s, Derry and the senior girls team play Our Lady and St Patrick’s Knock. The Holy Cross coaching staff, Gerard Boyle and Stephen Donaghy, are naturally delighted with the success of all three teams.

College and Strabane as a town to have three school teams doing so well. While it’s great to see this success, I must stress that it did not happen overnight. All players have trained hard and consistently. This is now simply years of hard work bearing fruit.” It is hoped that the people of Strabane can come out in force to the Ballymena Showgrounds and Moyola Park to support the teams. For the U16 and U18 finals in Ballymena there will be a 52-seater bus leaving from the town and also about 400 students from Holy Cross cheering the teams on. “Hopefully we’ll have lots of local support because it is going to be a football carnival for the people of Holy Cross U18 Squad Strabane. Let’s not forget the St Mary’s Boys school team from the town who will also be participating in a big final on the same day and in the same venue as our U16 and U18 sides. The U18 boys kick-off

“It is a brilliant achievement to get one team through to a final in a period of five to ten years but to have three in the one year is unbelievable” - Gerard Boyle

Patrick Roarty (U18)

“It is a brilliant achievement to get one team through to a final in a period of five to ten years but to have three in the one year is unbelievable,” stressed Gerard, speaking to the ‘Herald last week. “It’s an amazing achievement and it’s great for Holy Cross

at 10.30am, the U16 boys kick-off at 1pm and St Mary’s Boys kick off around 2.30pm, so it is well spread out and quite the feast of local football,” Gerard enthused. The Holy Cross girls team kick off their final at 12.30pm at Moyola Park, as they hope to retain the cup they brought home last year. “The girls will go into the final as favourites,” explained Gerard. “However they are facing a very strong St Pat’s

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side, which have had great results through the different rounds leading up to the final. Yet we also have a great group of girls, with a side that can boast five schoolgirl internationals, all at different levels over the years.” It is now hoped that such a major achievement has given rise to an appetite for success that should hold Holy Cross College in good stead for many years

Girls team in action

to come. “If it helps us to push these young players on to the next level then that would be fantastic,” explained Gerard. “It is also inspiring the younger students and they too now want to play in the big stadiums and in the big finals. Overall it’s a great moment for Strabane and the achievements of these teams have really helped to put Holy Cross College on the map.”

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Treading the Boards in Glenelly Thespians in Glenelly area are poised to perform their sixth annual production this month in the name of local charities.

that’s the people who come and see them and spend the money that is then used to give to charity.” To date £21,000 has been raised for charity, and David encouraged people to offer their support: “It’s a very funny play. It was written in the west of Ireland, it has elements of fun, parts of it are ridiculous and it actually moves into surrealism by the end of it. It’s not a heavy play at all. People, when they come, have a good night’s entertainment.”

Glenelly Players will perform Michael J Ginnelly’s play ‘A Wake in the West’ for five nights, starting on Wednesday the 18th April, and finishing on Sunday 22nd April. The light hearted comedy is to be presented at Cranagh Hall, and tickets will go on sale this week. The play features an ensemble cast of local amateur actors and actresses, and is being produced and directed by Plumbridge man David Coyle. He said the production has a great community ethos: “This is something they do every year; they’ve been doing it for the last six years. They do it for the community they live in and totally for charity. For me that’s the most important thing – they take their time Glenelly Players in rehearsals for their new play in the midst of everything else that they do, Tickets are available from Tuesday 2nd April and they come down to rehearsals for hours – Saturday 7th April at Glenelly House, Main to benefit their own community. Street Plumbridge between 7pm-9pm (but It’s that connection with their own people, not on Friday 6th).


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‘Primary School pupils ‘speak out’ about our waste.’ Strabane District Council hosted a public speaking competition for local primary school children recently which focused on: “Shrink Your Bin… One Less bag to Landfill”. The competition, organised by Northern Ireland’s three waste management groups, Arc 21, SWaMP and the North West in cooperation with Rethink Waste and Cooks-

town Textile Recyclers, gave local children an opportunity to speak out about the massive impact our current lifestyle is having on the environment and the wider world. Overall the standard of public speaking was very high. There were 8 children from 4 local primary schools in the Strabane District who entered the competition, which is in its 14th year. It was clear from the speeches that the children all care very much about the increasing level of waste in the district and

beyond. They were concerned about the work that they will inherit as adults. The children all showed that they had researched the topic thoroughly and were able to provide detailed facts and figures about the waste problem that is causing increasing concern. They emphasised that we all need to make an effort to reduce and reuse our waste as well as recycling it as this will not only benefit our own country, but our children’s future.

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By Shaun McGonagle Today I want to talk about putting, how to use the mind when putting.

the point where you hole your final putt, each and every shot counts EXACTLY the same. A golf shot is a golf shot! Yet, it would seem we do better on Do you avoid certain shots than others. Imagine two scenarios which a loss face us each and every time we or take a gain?? play a game of golf. We have a I vividly remember having a putt to AVOID a bogey or a putt conversation with Aaron Kear- to GAIN a birdie. ney a current member of the Irish team, I have been working Which do you think with Aaron for just over two years, in the time we worked we would execute together about his putting. He more successfully? had noticed for a number of weeks that from the 6 to 10 ft Economists David Pope and range, if he had a putt for par, Maurice Schweitzer at the he would more often than not University of Pennsylvania hole it. Yet, he just didn’t seem analysed more than 2.5 milto be able to convert the birdie lion putts in detail to see if opportunities at that time. He there would be any difference. felt everything he did in the way Their results were fascinating he approached the putts was the in that at almost very distance, same, yet the results were poles the conversion to SAVE par apart. I would guess a lot of you was statistically better than the reading this article may have conversion to GAIN a birdie! experienced something similar Why is that? What could be over the years. going on in our mind when the It never ceases to amaze me ACTUAL putt for par or birdie how golf can throw at you the has NO more or less value when most illogical and quirky stacounted together in an overall tistics, the likes of which have round of golf? no place in logical analysis. As One possible explanation for we all know, from the minute this is something called ‘loss you hit your first tee shot to

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aversion’, noted Psychologist Daniel Kahneman has written extensively about this and the fact most humans will do more to avoid loss than move towards gain. Loss aversion theory tells us that in effect, it seems to our human mind it is more painful to lose £100 than the equivalent balance of pleasure in winning £100. Pain seems to outweigh the pleasure. Could it be we subconsciously focus differently when we are faced with the possibility of ‘losing’ a par as opposed to ‘gaining’ a birdie. We somehow do more to avoid the loss than to secure the gain. Totally counterintuitive but it is something I have seen time and time again with players of all levels of the game. These unconscious drivers of our behaviour shouldn’t have such a powerful pull but they do. Loss aversion could perhaps also explain how we feel so uncomfortable when we get to a point in the round when we are under par or playing below our handicap. Again, do we subconsciously want to ‘hold on to what we have’ a bit more than we want to go lower and shoot a seriously good score. It is almost universal we all have scores we are comfort-

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Strabane Athletic Football Club Notes

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Strabane Athletic have taken a step closer towards successive promotions in the Fermanagh and Western league. With 3 games remaining Athletic are still sitting pretty on top albeit on goal difference from Killen Rangers but with a game in hand over their nearest rivals. So not only are they looking odds on for successive promotions they look good for successive league titles as well. Recent wins against Spamount Swifts (4-0) and NFC Kesh Reserves (1-2) ensure they still lead the way. The clubs final 3 fixtures are yet to be rearranged but will be against Glebe Utd at home, Strule Utd and Ardstraw Reserves away and will be announced on the clubs website and Facebook page when confirmation is received.

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Mulhern Cup Qtrs this Saturday Strabane Athletic made the journey to Enniskillen’s Lakeland Forum just over a week ago to take on 1st division Enniskillen Rangers in the 3rd round of the Mulhern Cup and after a great fight back deservedly put themselves into the hat for the 1/4 finals after a dramatic penalty shoot out win. Some may say this was a bit of a shock but with Strabane on the brink on promotion from the second tier of the Fermanagh and Western it was more than expected from those who made the journey to support the team on the day. Athletic will now go on to play the holders, Ballinamallard United Reserves in the quarters which is scheduled for this Easter Saturday. All the latest news and statistics for the club can be sought on the clubs website - www.strabaneafc. com

Flag Day The Flag Day was held on Saturday 24th March in town and was a great success as we raised £700. The club would like to thank all those that helped out on the day and for everyone who gave generously. All monies will go towards club development and promotional efforts within the community and beyond.

Golf Classic The clubs annual Golf Classic is next on the calendar. It will be held at Strabane Golf Club on Sunday 22nd April. More details on the event will be release over the coming weeks but anyone interested in competing can contact Strabane Golf Club to register their

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name/team - 02871382271. The club are still interested in any business, company or individual who wished to sponsor a tee/hole on the day, at a rate of £25.00 per hole the club will promote you on their website, Facebook page and you’ll also have a placard on the day beside your sponsored tee. All interested parties should contact a committee member to let your intentions known.

Under 16’s The clubs under 16 team will kick off their league campaign over the next couple of weeks. Training has been taken place weekly and everyone involved are excited on what lays ahead for a talented bunch of players in their inaugural season. Good luck to everyone involved. All support would be warmly welcomed.

Good Luck to HCC The club would like to wish all the Holy Cross College teams the best of luck in the N.I Schools Cup finals which are coming up in April.

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Favourite Music/Musician: Eminem, Coronas & Chili Peppers Favourite TV Series/Film: Smallville, One Tree Hill, House & How to lose a guy in 10 days Who is your favourite past / present footballer? Eric Cantona and the great one, Lionel Messi Who has been the best footballer you have played with and against? Best has to be Jason ‘Raver’ McGrinder and haven’t come up against anyone that fits the other criteria yet! What is your fondest memory in football to date? United winning their 19th title (Bel19ve) Who do you consider to be the best player and unsung hero of SAFC? Best would be Raver and unsung hero has to be Barry Porter - a rock in defense, even at his age. What other sports do you partake in and what position do you play? Hurling (Shamrocks, Strabane) & Gaelic Football (St Columba’s, Urney) all in an advance/forward position. What footballer would you like to play or have played alongside and why? Lionel Messi, as he’s unbelievable at opening up defenses with his bursts of speed, dribbling ability and his goals are something out of the ordinary - greatest player ever in my opinion! Do you think SAFC can progress into senior football in Northern Ireland? Definitely. If things keep progressing the way they are I don’t see why not. Obtaining our own pitch/ ground is essential though.

John McLaughlin comes away with the ball after an attempted lunge by a Kesh player.

Lee Conwell shoots up the left flank.

Finally, in one word what does it mean to play for your home town football team? Privileged

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ANXIETY and PANIC Anyone who knows me or has read my articles will appreciate that I believe the mouth is not for breathing. I believe that the only way to breathe is in and out through the nose - whatever you happen to be doing. Whenever some people breathe through their mouths their bodies will have to compensate for the fact that they have bypassed the primary filter, (the nose), by creating excess mucus through the sinuses in a vain attempt to produce a secondary filter in order to prevent overwhelming the immune system with whatever nasties may be contained in the incoming air. This can lead to the sinuses becoming infected and cause great annoyance and discomfort. Other mouth breathers may simply become anxious and acute mouth breathers may suffer full blown panic attacks. There are many different theories why some people take panic or anxiety attacks. My experience has taught me that hyperventilation can be the primary cause of the condition. Hyperventilation is simply breathing more than the body needs. We are all too aware these days of the detrimental effects that eating or drinking more than the body needs can have on the human system. Over breathing can also have a negative impact on our health? Many of us experience situations when we think that we are not getting enough breath and when we feel breathless believe that the best thing to do is to breathe more. Actually it is much more helpful when you teach yourself to breathe less in such circumstances. Instead it can be useful to practice this simple exercise :Breathe in through the nose, out through the nose, hold your breath on the out breath and hold your

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nose for a count of 5. Then let go of your nose and recover, breathing gently in and out through the nose. Repeat breath holding and letting go in this manner until the anxiety or panicky feeling subsides. With practice you will get really good at this and your will find that learning to reduce your breathing is one of the easiest ways to control how you feel. If holding your breath for a count of 5 seems stressful to you, hold it for a count of two or three and repeat this process. The aim of the exercise is to reduce the volume of breath and allow yourself to calm in a more natural way. By breathing more you are increasing the volume of breath and oxygenating the panicky ‘fire’ as it were, and making it ‘burn’ even more furiously. By holding your breath you are intro-

ducing carbon dioxide to the ‘fire’ which has the effect of putting it out. As a preventative measure it is useful to reduce your breathing at every opportunity. When driving in the car do some breath holds and when walking, hold your breath for a few steps and repeat the exercise regularly as you walk along. Always remember to keep your mouth closed when walking and if this is too stressful simply slow the pace down or rest for a little until you feel comfortable again. Remember breathing through the mouth is never an option. Have a go and enjoy being able to control how you feel. Until the next time, Tom Herron

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THE NAME FOR SUZUKI IN THE NORTH WEST: DONNELLY & TAGGART Donnelly & Taggart, one of the Provinces leading car retailers, continue to expand their network with the addition of Suzuki to their multi-franchise site at Eglinton. The new Suzuki franchise joins the Eglinton site, alongside Donnelly & Taggart’s other motor manufacturers, Peugeot, Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Renault, Nissan and Volkswagen & Motorstore.

Throughout the build over the past few months customers have regularly called in to see when they would be open for business as they couldn’t wait to purchase their new Suzuki.

VAT FREE SUZUKIS Donnelly & Taggart Suzuki is currently running some of the strongest offers available in the car market. These include the new Suzuki Alto from £6,666, the Suzuki Splash from £7,777 and the Suzuki Swift from £8,888. Donnelly & Taggart Suzuki is offering huge savings when you buy any model from the Alto, Splash or Swift small car range. They will take care of the VAT, leaving you free to make the most of striking style, maximum manoeuvrability and fantastic features at a more affordable price than ever before.

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‘Our Provincial coverage is important for the manufacturers we partner but also for our customers, who have ongoing sales, servicing and parts requirements. It is reassuring for Suzuki owners in the North West that we are just around the corner and that we are still able to give that individual attention to customer care’, said Houston Taggart, Company Director. Donnelly & Taggart Suzuki has all ready managed to gain a lot of attention from the locals.

Donnolly & Taggart Suzuki Showroom at Eglinton

in partnership with them in and I feel that we are well- requirements. These cars are not just affordable to buy – placed to add excellent value to their existing customer Donnelly & Taggart will also be announcing the arrival they’re affordable to run too, with fuel con- base and help them grow market share.’ of another new dealership at the end of March. sumption of up to 74.3mpg* for the Alto, Up to 78.5mpg* for the Swift Diesel and up to Donnelly & Taggart feel this is a great time to enter The Donnelly Group work in partnership with 16 62.8mpg* for the Splash, (*based on com- the local market with the Suzuki franchise. Recent fig- manufacturers across Northern Ireland, including Land bined cycle). What’s more, lower emissions ures have shown growth in the car market based on last Rover, Toyota, Volkswagen – both passenger and comare great news for the environment and even year’s figures, and with New Suzuki’s available from mercial vehicles, Renault and Mitsubishi as well as the better news for your budget, with road tax £6,666 the Directors are delighted to unveil their new Motorstore brand which focuses on quality used cars. starting at just £20 per year. showroom. For more information and to here more about the latest Commenting on this recent addition to the Aftersales service is what Donnelly & Taggart really Suzuki Offers across New & Used vehicles, Parts or Donnelly & Taggart portfolio, Victor Pollock, focus on. The Directors are delighted to be able to offer Servicing please call Donnelly & Taggart Suzuki Team Sales Director, ‘Suzuki is a prestigious brand all current North West Suzuki owners a local dealership on 028 7181 3024 or log on to www.donnellygroup. and I am personally delighted to be working which can look after all their servicing and warranty

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Donnelly & Taggart joins Forces with Fiat Donnelly & Taggart Eglinton have recently announced further expansions with the news of Fiat & Fiat Professional joining the multi-franchise site this Spring. The region’s third biggest car dealership network has completed a deal with Fiat that will see it spearhead a major sales push from the brand in Northern Ireland. “Fiat is a sleeping giant in Northern Ireland where its market share is well below the UK average,” said Victor Pollock, Sales Director Donnelly & Taggart.

“The potential is there to grow Fiat in the North West,” he added. With an improved and expanded dealer network, Donnelly & Taggart Eglinton believe the Fiat brand, which features a range of stylish, well-engineered, and economical cars will be a big hit with the Northern Ireland public. Victor Pollock said the move would herald a new and exciting era for the Italian marque in the North West. “Fiat has always done quite well in our Belfast branch, but hasn’t done well in the country because the dealerships haven’t been there. We are going to change that,” he said. ‘The Donnelly Group is unique in Northern Ireland with our province wide

Victor Pollock Sales Director, Charlie O’Donnell Fiat Sales Manager & Houston Taggart, Managing Director pictured in the newly opened Donnelly & Taggart Fiat Showroom in Eglinton

approach to sales and service as we appreciate that not everyone with motoring needs lives in the Belfast area. Donnelly & Taggart will be the sole Fiat dealership network in the region with the group planning to provide a group and region-wide service to Fiat Group customers for the first time’. “Fiat has developed a great reputation in recent years for making some very eye-catching, fun, and well engineered cars. You just have to look at the Fiat 500. Pound for pound, we think it’s the best looking and most desirable car around. Everyone just wants one,” he added. “Fiat also has TwinAir technology which means engines with good performance and really impressive economy. Fiat has the lowest average CO2

emissions of any brand and we all know that zero emissions means Zero Road Tax. These are the cars that people want to buy nowadays.” “We are already getting customers enquiries from far and wide and we have only recently opened,” he said. The message from Donnelly & Taggart is that Fiat brands represent a very exciting opportunity for the Donnelly Group in Northern Ireland and we can expect to see many more of them on our roads in the years ahead. For more information on the New & Used Fiat & Fiat Professional range please call the Fiat Sales team at Donnelly & Taggart Eglinton on 028 7181 3038 or log on to

Charlie O’Donnell Fiat Sales Manager, Victor Pollock Sales Director, Houston Taggart, Managing Director and Eddie Murray Director pictured outside the newly opened Donnelly & Taggart Fiat Showroom in Eglinton

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