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Diners were in for a treat recently as a joint project between The Alley Theatre and Caffé Fresco saw a touch of Brazil come to Strabane. Customers were able to pick a three course meal from the special Brazilian menu while enj oying music from the brilliant Brazilian Trio band ‘ Cacao’ . Along with speciality cocktails including the Brazilian national cocktail ‘ The Caipirinha’ and speciality beers, the whole restaurant came alive . Explaining the concept of the proj ect Manager of the Alley Theatre John Kerr commented ‘ W e wanted to bring the arts outside the Alley and bring it into Caffe Fresco to let people try something a little bit different and to experience a different culture for the eve ning. Brazil seemed the perfect choice with the W orld Cup, this year the next Olympics being held there, Friday was the start of the ve ry colourful and exuberant R io De Janeiro Carniva l so we thought this tied in perfectly. Thank you to Arts and Business NI for making this proj ect happen and to Caffé Fresco for their ongoing support. Everyone had a terrific evening of good food and music.’ Trevor Mealiff proprietor of Caffé Fresco continued ‘ It was good to try something new in the

restaurant and to give the staff the opportunity to try something a little different by creating menus and drinks that we would not normally be servi ng. The ve ry talented Cacao who were the band on the eve ning were superb, they played a mix of Brazilian samba and j azz music which went down a treat with our customers. Thank you to eve ryone who came along and enj oyed the eve ning and to Arts and Business NI for their support. W e can’ t wait to work along with the Alley Theatre on another exciting proj ect in the future’ . Brona W hittaker, Arts Manager at Arts & Business NI concluded ‘ Arts & Business is delighted to have been invol ve d with this proj ect which was full of fun and energy. This is great example of arts and business working together’ Caffé Fresco is one of the best known bistro restaurants in the North W est open seve n days a week offering breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. For further information please contact Caffé Fresco on 028 71 84901 or the Alley Theatre on 028 71 384444

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Connecting the Cross-border Communities of Doneyloop and Clady

New footpath officially opened L sa t w eek th e c om m u nities of D oneyl oop an d C lad y c am e togeth er to mar the o fi ia opening of th e new f ootp at h w h ic h now c onnec ts th es e tw o neigh b ou r ing c r os s b or d er c om m u nities . This new footpath has been deliv ered as part of the € 2.1m R iv er Links proj ect which is an EU funded cross border proj ect led by Donegal County Council with Strabane District Council and Ballybofey & Stranorlar Integrated Community Company ( BASICC) . The Doneyloop - Clady Footpath is a 0.5 km exten- Officially opening the oneyloop footpath on hursday last were elected representasion from where the foot- tives, management and staff from both onegal County Council and trabane istrict path prev iously ceased at Council along with members of the community and staff from the iverlin s ro ect. the Donegal – Tyrone border back to Doneyloop. He added “this footpath is a great asset to both comThe newly extended footpath now prov ides a safe munities making pedestrian access between these pedestrian link between these two communities. v illages safer as well as allowing more people to The construction works were undertaken by Don- take up walking, enj oying the health and wellbeing egal County Council’ s R oads Section. One of the benefits of this activity. footpath’ s innov ativ e features is the installation of green energy lighting and this ensures it is safer for Chairperson of the Stranorlar Electoral Area, Cllr. pedestrians and motorists after dark, particularly P atrick McGowan, in his address thanked the local landowner, Andrew Sproule, for prov iding the addiduring the winter months. At the launch attended by local residents, commu- tional land req uired for the footpath. He went on nity and political representatives and officials from to acknowledge the local communities of Clady both councils, John McLaughlin Director of Serv ice and Doneyloop for identifying the need for a footwith Donegal County Council stated that the R iv er path link between the two communities. Councillor Links proj ect is a great example of cross border col- McGowan also thanked the R oads Section of Donelaboration and although this particular aspect of the gal County Council for the design and construction proj ect is relativ ely small in scale it is both symbolic of the footpath. He went on to add that the footpath and meaningful for the people of this area and for is a positiv e legacy of the R iv er Links P roj ect and INTER R EG funding in this area. the future of cross border working.

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Meeting Clinton was ‘fantastic experience’- Leonard Local SDLP Sperrin election candidate for Strabane Patrick Leonard has described meeting former US President Bill Clinton during his recent visit to Derry as a “fantastic experience.” Mr Leonard said it was a great honour to meet and shake hands with the 42nd P resident of the U nited States describing Mr Clinton as an “inspirational world leader.” Mr Leonard said: “Mr Clinton helped so much to keep the peace process on track during his time in office and has always had great links with the SDLP and its former leader, John Hume. Both these men have been inspirational leaders. “It was great to see him pay tribute to John Hume for his contribution to the peace process, as he doesn’ t get the recognition he deserve s as he sacrificed everything to put the troubles behind us. “Havi ng been present in the Guildhall Squa re back in 1995 during his previ ous vi sit, I felt I had to make that ocal election candidate atric eonard with Bill Clinton j ourney again. I couldn’ t believe it in erry recently. last week as he left the stage and took time out to stop for photographs and “This was the same message Eddie McGrady passed on to handshakes. party conference in Nove mber j ust before his death. “His message was clear in looking for “It is within eve ryone’ s interest, for the future of our children a better future for our youth when he and our grandchildren, to continue the legacy set by these said ‘ For the sake of the young people great people and it is time to succeed with their vi sion and and for all those who done so much that of the SDLP …. ‘ a vi sion of ambition and hope for a for so long, like ohn, finish the ob.’ stronger future’ .”

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Nirvana and Kurt Cobain 20 Years On It was 8pm, April 8, 1994. Like most evenings at that time many music fans, myself included, switched on 2FM as Dave Fanning’s show was about to air. As normal we awaited the post-news 2fm jingle followed by the opening guitar riff of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’, which, even then, Fanning was using as the intro to his show. However, Peter Green’s guitar was nowhere to be heard this particular evening. Instead, Fanning came straight in with an unconfirmed news-report from Seattle. At that point, some of us already guessed what was coming. Fanning told listeners that Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain had reportedly been found dead at his home. He immediately played the anthemic ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’, leaving us hanging in a pre-internet, premobile-phone state of limbo only to confirm our worst fears when the song ended: Kurt Cobain was dead at 27. It was 1994 and text was the thing on the telly we checked to get the latest football scores, a mobile was a shop down the street and Mark Zuckerberg was still in primary school. Information wasn’t instant but dripped its way to us. Personally I remember walking to the nearby pool hall where we all hung out at the time, knowing that some of the gang in there would not have heard the news. Some didn’t believe it. Others said they weren’t surprised. Things had clearly taken a dark turn in Kurt Cobain’s world prior to April that year as he struggled with heroin addiction. In fact, Nirvana were initially pencilled in to be performing in Dublin on the very day that Cobain’s body was found! That gig in the RDS was not to be and Nir-

vana would be no more from that day forward. But even from their formation in 1987 it was clearly evident that they had a major impact on a generation uninspired by the impersonal bombastic gloss that had come to dominate mainstream rock in the 1980s. While fun at first, it was clear that things had gone a perm too far and a change was going to come. An alternative was bubbling underground and following their debut album ‘Bleach’ in 1989, Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album in 1991 summoned the underground to the surface, spreading a DIY-ethic to a global audience that no purveyors of such, not even in the age of Punk, had managed before. While the conflict of global superstardom and an obsessive desire to maintain artistic integrity was a constant balancing act Cobain clearly struggled with, the songs, their structures and their sounds inspired the beginnings of countless musical journeys that have gone on to colour the musical canvas their own way, each tipping their hat to that threepiece from Seattle. And it still continues today. In 2007, Kurt Cobain’s grandfather, the late-Leland Cobain, was in Tyrone tracing his family history. During his stay he asked if there was a place where young people still listen

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“In my first year of secondary school I got a tape lent to me - one side ‘Dookie’ by reen Day, the other ‘ evermind’ by irvana. I remember pressing play and recognising ‘ een Spirit’ but not sure why. I truly believe it’s one of the very few perfect albums from start to finish I miss that I always think the best songwriters take something complex and make it simple but profound. urt obain was a master of this.

Danny Houston aka HC Baby “ irvana would have been one of the bands I grew up listening to. While they wouldn’t have really in uenced my rapping but they are one of the bands that I listened to that made me want to do something with music in my life. I still have a hard copy of the ‘ evermind’ album in the house and it still gets a regular blast.

Nicky McCallan “ irvana made it look like anybody could do it. o more big hair, tight spandex or stage lasers, ust three lads playing punk rock. ‘ een Spirit’ was the most exciting heart stopping thing I’d ever heard and as soon as I heard that opening riff a guitar and amp were slapped onto the hristmas list. I don’t think I’d have ever been a musician if there hadn’t been a irvana.


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M y Prayer M y Prayer Dear Archangel R aphael, thank you for helping me be optimistic about my life and help me take the Dear Archangel R aphael, thank you for givi ng me the courage and willingness to take good care of appropriate action steps that support my health. myself including surrounding myself with healthy relationships and positive situations The Latin word ‘ medicus’ which means ‘ to make whole’ or ‘ cure’ is the root of both meditation and Blessings l e g n medication. So an alternative to medication is Stressful situations can affect you health and well A Love & meditation. Many studies link meditation with lon- being. Sometimes the illnesses we experience are gevity and significant health benefits. Meditation the body’ s way of communicating that the current is simply focusing your mind consciously, either on a peaceful thought or positive intention. Y ou can take a meditation class, watch an instructional DVD, follow along on a guided meditation audio or meditate ( starting off 5/ 10 mins) in your own way. Early morning, before your start your day is a ve ry effective time to meditate, try around 6a m when the world is still and tranqui l.

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C) Do you have a friend to go with you Where in Clady did will come home to be with my family and a contact number for when you you grow up? and around community. I was raised by my parents Rita and arrive at your destination? D) If you have a driver’s license you Joe in 14, New Street Clady, Urney. Something you’d love to see might want to consider applying for a A great memory of Clady? happen in Clady in the future? one year international driver’s license. As a child it was one big open play- Something is happening right now in This is perfect for using as a form of ground, there was a sense of commu- Clady. Marcus O’ Neill and friends identification instead of carrying your nity. have organized a group of volunteers passport with you into nightclubs or Something you miss about Clady? to help clean up our village and make on busy streets. I miss family and community but I cer- it more presentable by planting trees, flowers etc. E) Do you or the person you are trav- tainly don’t miss the British troops. elling with have travel/medical insur- Something Clady has that your new I don’t know if there are possibilities in bringing back the Youth Club Eveance? home doesn’t have? F) Are you or the person you are going The freedom of turning the front door nings?! I would like to see a sign along away with a heavy drinker and if so, key at any neighbours home, walking the Urney Road directing people is that part of your reason for going in and sitting down for a mug a tea to the Urney Fort and for the Fort to be preserved as it is dated back to away? (Serious question as some and hearing the craic. 500AD. have travelled only to be left stranded after spending all their money). Wher- Do you hope to come home and ever you go enjoy yourself, be safe at live in Clady again? Two of the best things about all times and respect people’s culture “If I don’t get married before I’m 65 Clady? lol”. Maybe when I’m ready to retire I Urney GAA and Community Spirit. and traditions.

Clady man Ben H unter now in the U SA.

Being reunited with loved ones aside, what’s the first thing you’ll look forward to when you return to Clady? When I arrive in Clady, besides from spending valuable time with my mother and family, I always look forward to time spent with my Father’s spirit.

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The season of Lent is upon us once more and is a great time for reflection. Traditionally we make some sort of sacrifice around this time like quitting sugar, cigarettes, alcohol or the like until Easter Sunday. As a little extra, perhaps this season you could look at how you can be more kind to yourself. If you happened to ‘break lent’ for example, simply forgive yourself and start again. I find that when I let myself ‘off the hook’ as it were, it easier to do the same with other people. How often do we keep someone ‘hanging’ in the moment just because we can? We seem to get pleasure from doing such things instead of putting them out of their misery at the first opportunity. Perhaps we feel we are losing some sort of power by letting them off the hook however I have found that such things just feed my ego and can make me feel bad about myself down the line. I now cannot afford to do such things as it is not the person I choose to be and I discovered the best antidote to this behaviour is to practice forgiving myself for all the things I do on a regular basis that warrant forgiveness. Obviously I therefore get plenty of practice forgiving myself and it brings my attention to just how human, fallible and vulnerable we all are. I am a great believer in the notion that if I don’t like something done to me, there is a very good chance that someone else would not like the same thing done to them. It also applies if I find great relief in being let off for something I have done or failed to do, I believe someone else could well appreciate

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know that the ego also enjoys the good sensations however it goes much deeper than that. There is a wonderful feeling of fulfillment that is generally missing for me when I do something and only the ego is satisfied. I can only describe it as a truly spiritual experience and what better time to nurture such than during the Holy Season of Lent. You know ‘practice makes permanent’ therefore have a go at practicing being kinder to yourself at this time which can encourage you to be the same to your neighbour and you too can enjoy the deep sense of well being that follows. Until the next time. Tom Herron

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Strabane Drama Festival in full swing all this week!

W h at’ s on at th e Alley. . . The highly anticipated Strabane Drama Festival is well under way and we have already been treated to two nights of wonderful drama. Over the next week here what’s coming up: Bradá n P layers will be performing ‘ W ho’ s Afraid of Virginia W olf’ by Edward Albee on Sa tu r d a y 2 2 nd Ma r c h and focuses on the v olatile relationship of associate history professor George and his hard-drinking wife Martha, the daughter of the college president. After a univ ersity faculty party, they receiv e an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as guests late one ev ening and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship. The play won both the 19 6 3 Tony Award for Best P lay and the 19 6 2– ’ 6 3 New Y ork Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best P lay. It is freq uently rev iv ed on the modern stage. he film adaptation was released in and starred R ichard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, George Segal and Sandy Dennis. Su nd a y 2 3 r d Ma r c h is ‘ Eclipsed’ by P atricia Burke Brogan performed by Compá ntas Lir. Eclipsed explores the story of five young unwed Irish mothers, scorned not only by society, but also by their own families, who are made as ‘ penitents’ in churchrun laundries. Superv ised by nuns who regarded these women as mindless v essels of ev il, the women were treated as v irtual slav es and their infants were forcibly put up for adoption. W ith no hope of being rescued, the women fight to keep hope alive amidst songs, stories and playful ideas. This is a rev ealing and absorbing piece of theatre. To take us into the new week P omeroy P layers perform ‘ P ortia Coughlan’ by Marina Carr on Mond a y 2 4 th Ma r c h P ortia Coughlan, who is now 3 0, struggles to come to terms with the death of her twin brother 15 years prev iously. Her family seems unable to reach her and all who touch her life are inescapably aware of her turmoil. Throughout the play her energies are seen to hav e been consumed by the battle she fights between reuniting with abriel in death and escaping his fatal hold on her life. This play contains some strong language. T u es d a y 2 5 th Ma r c h sees Ballyshannon Drama Group perform ‘ The Gingerbread Lady’ by Neil Simon The Gingerbread Lady is a drama with comic ov ertones centering on Ev y Meara. Hav ing j ust completed a ten-week stint in a rehab facility for an addiction, Ev a returns home to the welcome of friends and a disastrous party. Neil Simons’ wit is at its brilliant best and is as funny as ev er with his customary av alanche of hilarity and landslide of pure unbuttoned j oy. W ednesday 26 th March we welcome Omagh’ s Stagefrieght Theatre Company with ‘ Nightmare’ by orman obbins - a prolific and successful pantomime writer. Inv alid, Marion Bishop, a welathy, elderly, nov elist is dying. Her imminent death is eagerly awaited by sev eral people after her money. Mysterious phone calls and the appearance of her nephew, set off a nightmare situation which becomes increasingly complicated. Deceit, suspicion, blackmail and incriminations are subtly wov en into a web of crime which is complicated by a dramatic confrontation scene j ust before an ingenious twist brings a surprising close. The popular ‘ The Chronicles of Long Kesh’ by Martin Lynch will be performed by Letterkenny Music and Drama Group on T h u r s d a y 2 7 th Ma r c h Chronicles of Long Kesh tells the story of the prison – also known as The Maze – from its opening in August 19 7 1 to its closure in July 2000. The story concentrates not on the big politics of the day or those who became well known as a result of their time in prison, but on the experiences of ordinary prisoners, prison officers and their families. he hilarious, painful and shocking story of Northern Ireland’ s infamous prison – Long Kesh – told through the eyes of Prison Officers, epublicans, oyalists, a rich assortment of patriots, chancers, leaders, wiv es,

Comedy Awards alongside Jennifer McGuire, in a nationwide search to find the best in new stand-up Comedy talent. Along with Jennifer Bernard is the new morning FM radio presenters bringing all their antics to audiences all ov er Ireland. Bernard is no stranger to stand-up comedy. Bernard O’Shea. Bernard was chosen Paul Nolan, E velyn Shaw, Adam Traynor, Mark F lynn in U PRI SI NG scripted by Tara to perform at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy McKevitt and devised by Smashing Times. Photo E oin Kirwan. Festival in 00 and is a regular at numerous comedy P EACE III P rogramme and managed by Special festivals including he at aughs omedy Festival escapers and hypochondriacs. he finale of the festival sees Strabane Drama Fes- P rogrammes body www.seupb.eu in ilkenny and he Vodafone omedy Festival in tiv al regulars W exford Drama Group with ‘ Other Tickets are free but booking essential. Dublin. Desert’ by Jon R obin Baitz on F r id a y 2 8 th Ma r c h . His show is a heady mix of autobiographical, anecBrooke W yeth, a once promising nov elist, returns dotal, obsessional and observ ational riffs, plus home to P alm Springs after a six year absence to celsongs. It is a show during which, in turns, you want ebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and to hug him, laugh and cry all at once. The seating in Entertain @ th e Alley her aunt. the auditorium will be turned into a at oor, round Brooke announces that she is about to publish a W table cabaret seating plan giv ing the auditorium a o r l d memoir dredging up a piv otal and tragic ev ent in R enowned Irish more comedy club atmosphere. the family’ s history - a wound they don’ t want reo- Guitarist, P roTickets for Bernard O’ Shea are £ 12. Tickets can be pened, throwing the holiday reunion into turmoil as ducer, purchased in adv ance but seating is allocated on a Songthey struggle to deal with the ev ents from their past. writer and Folk first come first bases on the night of the performance In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them Legend Declan all to cross it. Sinnott makes Adj udicated by Imelda Mcdonagh, audiences are in his debut perfor a real treat as nine nights of spectacular drama formance p res ents : Bras s Band at take ov er the Alley Theatre. Tickets are £ 8 , £ 6 ( con) . the Alley TheL eague Ch amp ions h ip s atre, Strabane on Friday 4th Declan Sinnot. On Saturday 12th April, ove r 21 bands are set to T h e T roubles told April. Declan perform on stage, in 4 section groups. En oy the will be performing songs from his debut v ocal Spring sunshine and j oin hundreds of bandsmen th rough D ance F us ion album ‘ I Lov e The Noise It Makes’ . Declan will and women enj oying their now annual festiva l day Smashing Times Theatre Company is delighted to also be j oined by special guest Vicky Keating in Strabane in the award winning Alley. A must see bring ‘ U prising’ a fusion of text, mov ement and With a career spanning over 40 years, Declan Sin- for all love rs of brass music. Tickets are £5 for full dance to the Alley Theatre on Thursday 29 th March nott has played guitar and produced music for day or £3 for either morning or afternoon sessions. at 8 pm. Smashing Times Theatre is delighted to Irish folk luminaries such as Christy Moore, Mary perform at Alley Arts as part its Memory P roj ect Black, Sinead Lohan and John Spillane to name but tour to Northern Ireland and southern border county a few. He was a founding member of Horslips and J os ep h and th e Amaz ing Moving Hearts - two of the most in uential trad v enues T ech nicolour D reamcoat U prising explores memories and experiences of war electric bands in Ireland, and spent 13 years guiding Mary Black’ s career, producing the maj ority of her and peace in Northern Ireland and internationally Both the Junior and Senior pupils of Much Ado and asks why do we kill for a cause, why do we die music. Since the year 2000 Declan has been guitarist Stage School are delighted to return to the Alley and producer to Christy Moore, who was recently for a cause. Scripted by Tara Mc Kev itt, dev ised Theatre Stage ov er the Easter break from Thursday by Smashing Times Theatre and directed by Mary named as Ireland’ s greatest liv ing musician in R TÉ ’ s 4th Saturday th April. o date, our pupils have ‘ P eople of the Y ear Awards’ . Moynihan and with a fabulous cast including Mark enj oyed performing in sell-out performances such From the bright and hopeful opening of “Sun Shine Flynn, Paul olan, Evelyn Shaw, Margaret oomey, as Much Ado on Broadway- W icked, Mary P opAdam Traynor this production is drawn from inter- In to the light hearted and dynamic rhythms of “It’s pins, Hairspray, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Much Just The Noise It Makes” to the hunger and loss v iews, research, speeches, poems, archiv e v ideo and of “Me And My Dark ompanion this is a subtle Ado’ s Strictly Musicals- Shrek, Mamma Mia, Blood new writing. Brothers, Toy Story and The Beatles. The school are The Troubles seen through the eyes of the rap, hip- album of exq uisite melodies, which grabs and capti- excited and priv ileged to present the show that introhop, dance generation, U prising j uxtaposes stories v ates the listener. The twelv e songs caj ole and trans- duced Andrew Lloyd W ebber and Tim R ice to the from the past with contemporary music and rap in port the listener through a sometimes hauntingly W est End! This Musical tells the tale of Joseph- his an epic, cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary produc- real, often desperately hopeful j ourney that will father’ s fav ourite son, and a boy blessed with protion fusing text, mov ement, compelling pop-music, remain long after the music dies away. It is abov e all phetic dreams. W hen he is sold into slav ery by his modern dance and the rapping of ancestral v oices. else music to be sav ored. j ealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures A young DJ attempts to lose himself through music Come along to the Alley Theatre where you can a series of adv entures in which his spirit and humanhear all these tracks and a lot more in the relaxed and dance in a elfast warehouse as the ag protests ity are continually challenged. Set to an engaging rage outside. His friend argues with his ‘ passiv ity’ , and enj oyable cabaret style auditorium. Tickets are abundance of musical styles, from Country- W est£ 10, £ 8 ( con) he challenges her ‘ call to arms’ . ern and Calypso to Bubblegum P op and R ock ‘ n’ U prising explores memories and experiences of R oll with Elv is thrown in for good measure, this war in Northern Ireland and internationally. P erforOld Testament tale emerges both timely and timeBernard O’ Sh ea M ak es h is mances followed by post-show discussions with the less. Joseph is the ultimate family show - the perfect debut in Strabane artists and inv ited guest speaker Jim Arbuckle, Good outing during the Easter Break. Don’ t miss it at 8 pm elations Facilitator. each night with a matinee performance at 3 pm on U prising is performed as part of The Memory P ro- R esident rov ing reporter and Georgia Salpa’ s lov e Saturday 26 th April. Tickets are £ 8 each. j ect, an innov ativ e, ground breaking arts proj ect interest on R TÉ ’ s hugely popular R epublic of Telly, In May don’ t miss upcoming shows such as the hilarusing drama, storytelling ev ents, theatre and a tele- Bernard makes his highly anticipated debut perfor- ious Foyle Follies and music from Michael English. v ision documentary to deal with the past history of mance at the Alley Theatre Strabane on Saturday For more information on any of these events and to con ict and to promote a peaceful and shared future the th April 0 4 where he returns to his first love, book tickets contact for all. stand up. he Alley heatre ox Office on 0 3 4444 or The proj ect is funded by the European U nion’ s Bernard also recently hosted The R TÉ Two New online www.alley-theatre.com


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STRABANE & LIFFORD GEARING UP FOR HALF MARATHON & 5K LEISURE RUN Strabane District Council in Partnership with Lifford Athletic Club will play host to the regions first ever cross border half marathon and 5k fun run/walk on Sunday, May 11. There are categories for all ages, as well as a walking section, givi ng eve ryone an opportunity to participate no matter what their fitness levels, however half marathon participants must be over years of age. The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit three local charities, Strabane ommunity R escue Servi ces, Barnardo’s and the astlederg branch of St Vincent de P aul. Application forms are available from Strabane District ouncil website, also from local outlets including Strabane District ouncil, iversdale eisure entre, Derg Valley eisure entre and Melvin Sports omplex and ifford Athletic lub, also from the Athletics NI ( www.niathletics. org) and Athletics Ireland ( www.athleticsireland.ie web sites.

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A person identified within the district, whose sporting performances or achievements are seen as outstanding.

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J ames Ellis – A G iant wit h ou t C omp romise Stage and screen lost a giant this month as Belfast-born actor James Ellis, best known for his roles in ‘Z-Cars’ and alongside a young Kenneth Branagh in BBC Northern Ireland’s series of “Billy” plays, died at the age of 82. He began his acting career in 1952 at Belfast’s Group Theatre before moving to England in the early 1960s. His first big break came when he was cast as ‘Bert Lynch’ in police drama ‘Z-Cars’, which ran from 1962 to 1978. Ellis proved to be an actor without compromise, from his Northern Irish accent in ‘Z-Cars’ to his lifelong opposition to censorship. He was never afraid to tackle difficult issues, such as his direction of the Sam Thompson play, ‘Over the Bridge’, in 1960, at a time when many believed that sectarianism, which the play addressed, was too controversial for a stage performance. In his home country, he’ll perhaps be best remembered for his powerful portrayal of bullying father ‘Norman Martin’ in Graham Reid’s series of “Billy” plays, which aired on BBC in the early 1980s, exposing a national audience to the authentic voice of working-class Ulster Protestants for the first time. Kenneth Branagh, who was just out of drama school, played his son ‘Billy’, and the warring scenes of family conflict between the pair remain among the most intense in the BBC Northern Ireland archives. Paying tribute to him, Branagh said Ellis had been “a great inspiration” to him and many other actors from Northern Ireland. “I was blessed to begin my career working with him, and I will never forget his generosity to me. He was a highly intelligent, funny, and kind man, and a tremendous actor,” he said. Fellow actor George Shane recalled “a 100 percent down to earth guy, who was friendly

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with everybody” when speaking to the ‘Herald’ from his home in Strabane. “Jimmy not only broke the barrier between the English and the Northern Irish accent over 35 odd years, he also helped to break down some of the barriers of casting Irish people. He was a very important ambassador for Northern Ireland’s actors and has been a major influence on so many of them,” he said. George took on Ellis’s iconic role of ‘Norman’ for ‘Love, Billy’, Graham Reid’s fifth instalment of the “Billy” plays, which ran to great acclaim at the Lyric Theatre last May. He also appeared alongside Ellis in the televised adaptation of ‘A Coming To Terms For Billy’, part three of the series in 1984. “I played a tough nut called ‘Tommy Agnew’ who was provoking an argument with ‘Billy’ and in walked Jimmy as ‘Norman’ into a bar,” recalled George. “During rehearsals I was taking it all very seriously. I had never worked with either Kenneth or Jimmy before, so while I was acting my little socks off they were laughing their heads off at every line they had to deliver. I wondered, ‘what the heck is going on here?’ But that’s how it was at every rehearsal until it came time to do a take, when both of them would immediately stop the clowning and go straight in. That bar scene was done in one-take, now that’s professionalism!” Ellis was in attendance at the Lyric Theatre last year to watch George take on the role of ‘Norman’. The two actors met up afterwards. “Jimmy said it was a very sensitive performance and he thanked me and so did his

Strabane actor George Shane with the late great James E llis. I nset: James with Kenneth Brannagh in the 19 8 0’s

wife, Robina. It was a very challenging role because Jimmy had left big shoes to fill,” George added. James Ellis also appeared in ‘Doctor Who’, ‘In Sickness and in Health’, ‘Ballykissangel’, ‘Playing the Field’, ‘One By One’ and the cult sitcom ‘Nightingales’, with Robert Lindsay and David Threlfall. In Antonia Bird’s ‘Priest’ (1994), from a screenplay by Jimmy McGovern, he played ‘Father Ellerton’. He also contributed memorable cameos

to popular series such as ‘Boys from the Blackstuff’ by Alan Bleasdale, ‘Only Fools and Horses’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Birds of a Feather’, ‘Lovejoy’, ‘Boon’, ‘Common as Muck’ and ‘Heartbeat’. He was also a writer of poems and prose and a translator. The BBC broadcast a selection of his adaptations from French in 2007. In July 2008 Queen’s University Belfast awarded Ellis an honorary doctorate as part of its centenary celebrations.

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Based on the real-life story of the Von Trapp family, The Sound Of Music tells the story of Maria ( Andrea Long) , who leave s an Austrian conve nt to serve as a gove rness for the seve n children of the widowed Captain Von Trapp ( Charlie Lyons) . Maria falls in love with the stern captain only to be forced to ee as the azis invade Austria. Originally a Broadway musical, then a much love d -time Oscar winning film, he Sound Of Music is among the most celebrated shows in musical theatre. This production featuring a cast of ove r 20 talented locals under the direction of Kieran Q uinn is guaranteed to be a great night’ s fun and musical entertainment.

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Holy Cross College Senior Formal 2014 @ the White Horse Hotel

Gavin Melaugh, Mrs Timmons and Kayleigh McGuigan.

Tom Carlin and Jason Barr.

Lauren McGonagle and Aidan Toland.

Mrs Ciara McAnenny with Ms Adele Segrestin

Dylan McDermott and Shannon McBrearty.

Jinah Lafferty and Stephen Lynch

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Lynette H olmes and Jack Carlin.

Shauna O’Donnell and Jessica McMenamin.

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Stefan Logue and Corin Graham.

Lee Gibson and Siobhan Maguire.

Stacey Gilmore and Kaitlyn Coyle.

Jessica McVeigh and Shauna Lynch.

Susan King and Lydia Lafferty.

Stefan Logue.

John Doherty, Gavin McNamee and Charlie Doherty.


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Holy Cross College Senior Formal 2014 @ the White Horse Hotel

Orlaith Kelly and Oliver Gallagher.

Kaitlin Coyle and Stacey Gilmore.

Stacey Gilmore and Ronan McNulty.

Martin McSorley and Laura Devine.

Sarah Duffy and Jason Reid.

Nicola- Jane McLaughlin and Jason Barr.

Jennifer Leitch and H aydn McNamee.

Jennifer, Shauna & Rachel.

Lynette, Jack & Jessica.

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Holy Cross College Annual Talent Show at the College Hall

Conall Donnelly ( winner – second consecutive time)

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Gabrielus Andrisiunas ( third)

Judges: Michael Kielty and Ryan Quinn

Keira Kelly, Michelle E dwards, Clara McH ugh – Royals ( Lorde)

Ross Wilders – Don’t Stop Believing ( Journey)

Jack O’Kane, Jamie Lee Gallagher, Dualta Lewington, Ross F alconer – Queen Medley ( Jack O’Kane pictured)

Sine McAnneny – I n The Arms Of An Angel ( Sarah McLachlin)

Lauren Moore – Dance With Me Tonight ( Ollie Murs)

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Ronan McCay’s 18th @ Sweeno McGinty’s

Ronan McCay with his parents Denise and Paul and brother Calum at Sweeno McGinty’s to celebrate his 18 th birthday. ( below, left) Ronan with his Granny Liz z ie McGarrigle.

Godparents Ciaran and Dolores with the birthday boy.

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I want my BBC! The BBC plans to dump the youth orientated channel BBC3 from telev ision and turn it into an onlineonly brand with shows airing solely on iP layer by Autumn 2015. A number of years ago such an announcement may not have worried too many televi sion vi ewers. Initial accusations of the channel being the trashcan of the BBC were perhaps not completely unfounded. Howeve r, this latest announcement has come at a time when BBC3 has positive ly re-navi gated its programming and credit must go to the channel controller Z ai Bennett for such a turnaround. Naturally, after three years of reinve nting BBC3 Bennett is not particularly pleased at the announcement. Earlier this month in a piece he wrote in ‘ The Guardian’ , Bennett commented: “In the past two years the channel, which is on a fraction of the budget of the big boys, has won the Baftas for comedy and drama as well as twice for best factual programme. W hen you add to that the numerous R TS, channel of the year and other awards that we’ve won, I do find it slightly perverse that I am writing about the fact the station will cease to be a linear channel from next autumn.” Indeed, BBC3 has become the leading young adult TV servi ce in the world. It eve n eclipses Channel 4 for 16- 24 year olds and from 10pm each eve ning it is the biggest channel for 16- 34s bar none. It is also the only channel in the U K that makes documentaries and current affairs specifically for the young adult audience. Come autumn 2015, BBC3’ s new online existence

Ronan with his friend Damien Millar.

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may crossove r easily for its target audience give n their natural cyber literacy. Howeve r, it appears that the target audience of BBC3 is not happy about the channel swapping televi sion for the web. A live ly campaign to save it has sprung up on Twitter under #S ave BBC3. The station costs £85m so ditching it will therefore be a significant step towards achieving the £100m savi ngs goal – and potentially decisive in safeguarding the future of BBC4, whose vi ewership is now obvi ously concerned. BBC3 is still not without its excess fat but few channels are exempt from such criticism. It’ s set to go into a new world where, who knows, the rest of televi sion may eve ntually be destined to go anyway – the success of et ix perhaps hinting at a future unavoidable. R egardless, cutting televi sion programming while lavi shing Jeremy Clarkson, tedious football pundits and Graham Norton with wealth remains a bitter pill to swallow.

will be T elevis ed Many critics have been qui ck to suggest ove r recent years that televi sion has become the new cinema. It’ s a sweeping generalisation and while 3D hasn’ t qui te seen off cinema of substance j ust yet, there has been a definite shift in the power of the television series in recent years. W atching an old episode of classic 70s cop series ‘ The Streets of San Francisco’ recently summed up where televi sion stood for actors at the time. A 1970s televi sion police drama starring Karl Malden and Michael Douglas as two detective s, Malden was cast in his 60s with a solid film career under his belt, Douglas was still only in his late 20s, hoping for that breakthrough role on the big screen. That was pretty much the template for televi sion ove r the next few decades: if you went there from film you probably never went back, but if you started on televi sion the big screen could possibly beckon. It worked for Brad P itt, cutting his

teeth on ‘ Dallas’ . George Clooney also serve d his time on televi sion, starring in the likes of ‘ R oseanne’ and most notably ‘ ER ’ before establishing himself as a Hollywood A-lister. Brad Pitt Johnny Depp was a televi sion star on ’ 21 Jump Street’ long before he became Tim Burton’ s cinematic muse. Howeve r, fortunes swung in reve rse for film stars. Charlie Sheen undoubtedly burned many a bridge in Hollywood and has been preGeorge Clooney on Roseanne. dominantly a televi sion presence for the past 20 years with no real way back, apart from a few hideous cameos. But fortunes are changing for those who move from film to television. In fact, everybody is ocking to televi sion now!

Revolution in TV From its arriva l in 199 ‘ The Sopranos’ clearly instigated a revol ution in televi sion drama. More and more top qua lity writers were opting to fully explore plot and characterisation on televi sion rather than go through the unenvi able task of havi ng to whittle their work down to a three or two hour long film. ‘ The Sopranos’ through it complex characters and multiple plots, not to mention its psychoanalytical angle, gave televi sion drama a scope that has appealed to many writers eve r since. Top actors were qui ck to realise this and soon we

saw Steve Buscemi taking the lead in ‘ oardwalk Empire’, with the first episode directed by Martin Scorsese. Dustin Hoffman starred in the short-live d ‘ Luck’ . Kevi n Bacon took the lead role in ‘ The Following’ and Jon Voight stole the show in the first season of ‘ ay Donavon’. urrently, recent Academy Award winner for ‘ Best Actor’ , Matthew McConaughey is appearing alongside W oody Harrelson ( who started off on televi sion in ‘ Cheers’ ) in the impressive ‘ True Detective ’ . Others who have crossed over from film to televi sion include Don Cheadle ( ‘ House of Lies’ ) , Kevi n Spacey ( ‘ House of Cards’ ) , Chloe Sevi gny ( ‘ Big Love ’ ) , W illiam H. Macy ( ‘ Shameless’ ) , Glenn Close ( ‘ Damages’ ) and Jessica Lange ( ‘ American Horror Story’ ) . Eve n the TV movi e, once the exclusive domain of the likes of Beau Bridges and Brian Dennehy, has seen Al P acino bring his roar to the small screen for ‘ P hil Spector’ and Julianne Moore shine as the shiny but dim Sarah P alin in ‘ Game Change’ . It’ s clear that there are now televi sion roles to be fought ove r in Hollywood. Cinema may still have a strong beating pulse but a revol ution is most certainly being televi sed right now.


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Local gym owner claims top ‘Body Art’ Prize at NIFMA

A Super Sunday for Vaidas It was a Sunday to remember for local gym owner, Vaidas Adomaitis on March 16. The Killygordon man romped home with a succession of awards at the 2014 Northern Ireland Fitness Association Mr and Miss Ireland Fitness Model Championships, which were held at La Mon Hotel, Belfast. In what turned out to be an amazing day, Vaidas claimed first place overall for Body Art, second place in the ‘Over 30s’ section, third place for

‘Mr Physique’ and third place in the ‘Over 30s’ ‘Mr Athletic’ category. Speaking to the ‘Herald’, a delighted Vaidas, who works out of his Fit Fast Gym in Ballycolman Industrial Estate, told us he was already focused on his next challenge. “The hard work has paid off and I’m absolutely delighted. Sunday was the climax to a period of intense training that began on Boxing Day last year. I’d also like to say well done to John Chambers, who came first place in the ‘Over 40s’ Formal Wear section. It was his debut appearance and he put in a great effort by training hard and following the strict diet plans to get stage ready. I’m now already preparing to take part in the Fitness Extravaganza, which will take place in Dublin in October.” As with the NIFMA competition, Vaidas will train at his Fit Fast Gym, which was established in January of last year and continues to grow from strength to strength. He John Chambers, first place in the ‘Over 40s’ stressed that the support he has

Vaidas Adomaitis from Killygordon who won a succession of awards at the recent NIFMA awards in Belfast.

received from local business has helped him along the way as well. “I’d like to send out thanks to Sunshapers of Strabane for the great double tan. Thanks also to Mitchell Meats and Delicatessen and GMG logos for sponsoring me. And special thanks to the big man, David Fox, for the show prep,” he added.

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