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Strabane District Council held a reception on Thursday, January 12 in honour of their retiring Chief Executive, Philip Faithfull. Philip has held the post of Chief Executive since 2000, coming to Strabane District Council from Omagh District Council with a wealth of experience and knowledge in quality management and frameworks. Originally born and bred in the Railway Road, Strabane, Philip led Strabane District Council during a pivotal period. His experience in quality management led Council to achieve eight quality standards. He oversaw the establishment of the District Policing Partnership, the development of the Alley Theatre and the Community Library and supported the staff and councillors through the ongoing Review of Public Administration process. Council Chairman, Councillor Brian McMahon paying tribute to the Strabane man said, “Philip has led this Council over the past decade in a con-

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Hair & Beauty suppliers now open in Strabane

Salon Select Store manager Claire Boyle (left) pictured with Donna Marie Lynch, Sales Assistant at the new hair and beauty supply shop, Main Street, Strabane.

Bring a bit of colour into your life with the help of Salon Select – Strabane’s newest hair and beauty supply company. Opened just before Christmas, the business is based on Strabane’s Main Street and offers a huge range of hair and beauty products at rockbottom prices. Salon Select has established itself as a

market leader in the supply of hair and beauty products, since being established nine years ago the business has gone from strenth to strength we now have branches in Castlebar, Ennis, Navan Tullamore, Galway, Santry and Bray, with more shops to open in the next few months. Store manager, Claire Boyle: “We stock a vast range of colour such as BES Hi-Fi, DAP, Schwarzkopf, BES Regal PPD and Ammonia

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We at Salon Select would like to take this opportunity to thank all our new customers for supporting us in our first few weeks of trading. Salon Select have many stores in the South of Ireland, our new store in Strabane is our first store in Northern Ireland. We have been in business for the last ten years and we are Ireland’s fastest growing Hair & Beauty Cash and Carry! Lets Beat The Recession Its official we are in a recession. Every Salon has noticed that some of their loyal customers are not coming to the Salon quite as often as they once did. The loss of this regular income to you the Salon owner, results in lower disposable weekly income. The economic climate for the remainder of the year is not much better and the forecast for next year is nothing to get excited about. We at Salon Select would like to show you how to save at least 20% off your stock bill.

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Why should I buy from Salon Select? Salon Select was established ten years ago. We have branches in Castlebar, Ennis, Navan Tullamore, Galway, Santry, Bray, and now Strabane. More shops are planned in the next few months.

Do you give Credit? No, if we offered credit we would have to charge more for our products. Freight: All orders over ÂŁ60 pound are freight free.

Salon Select Brochure Before every V.A.T. amount discount day we publish our special offers for that period. We would advise if you find a product you like, to order it in quantity.

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Eddie Kelly’s 50th Birthday party in Sweeno Mc Ginty’s

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Liam McDaid’s 50th birthday party at Sweeno McGinty’s

Liam Mc Daid pictured with his wife Karen at his party in Sweeno Mc Ginty’s

Liam enjoying the craic with friends Paul, Manuas and John

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A night of music was in held in the Fir Trees Hotel on December 27 that will stay in the memory of all who attended forever. ‘A Night For Joe’ was part of a major fundraising drive across Strabane in recent weeks in aid of local man, Joe McGarrigle, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer before Christmas at the age of 31. However Joe, his family and his wide circle of friends have not taken this news lying down and alternative methods of treatment have been looked at, with either China or the USA being the likely destinations. As soon as Joe’s diagnosis was made public, the people of Strabane got together and the ‘Joe McGarrigle Staying Alive Fund’ was established, as the treatments involved are, indeed, of considerable expense. ‘A Night for Joe’ was just one of the many events to have taken place in recent weeks in order to

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Local slimming expert shares secrets of success! To celebrate the start of 2012 a weight loss expert from Sion Mills is sharing the secrets of successful slimming to help people turn their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight into a healthy reality.

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It’s important not to become obsessive and get hung up on constantly weighing, counting and measuring what you’re eating. Sticking to a super-strict diet is near impossible because no one wants to go without their favourite treats forever, whether that be chocolate or a glass of wine or beer.

Being flexible by enjoying regular treats and special occasions means slimmers can lose In fact sharing your goal with a family member weight or maintain a healthy weight without or friend can add that little bit of extra commitmissing out. ment to succeed too, and if they’re happy to join in with you all the better.

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Sinead Twells, who runs Slimming World groups in SionMills, says: “By learning from other slimmers’ success, and perhaps where they’ve gone wrong with past New Year’s resolutions, people in our local areas who want to slim down this January can give themselves the best possible chance of achieving their goal. “Successful weight loss isn’t just about losing weight, it’s about keeping it off too. Making temporary changes and going on a ‘diet’ that’s unsustainable in the long-term will only ever be a quick fix, meaning you’re bound to regain any weight you lose – and maybe more – as soon as you go back to your normal eating habits. The key is to make healthy, realistic changes to your lifestyle that you can keep up for the rest of your life.”

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The most successful slimmers are those who 7. Get support introduce some form of exercise into their lives Studies have shown that slimmers who join a as well as adopting healthier eating habits. group benefit from sharing their experience However, many people make the mistake of and being inspired and supported by fellow aiming for too much too soon, instead start members with a common goal. with small steps and build up to a goal gradually. In the survey walking, one of the least To get support at any of the local Slimming strenuous activities, ranked the most popu- World groups this New Year just pop along to any of our warm and friendly groups. Slimlar. ming World has made many members dreams of a slimmer future come true,and yours can 4. Plan and monitor come true too! Planning meals and shopping and focusing on their progress week-by-week means Slim- Visit www.slimmingworld.com/2012 for your ming World members are more in control of free 7 day menu plan! their weight loss and less likely to be thrown off course by unexpected events. Recognis- For further information on all groups please ing what might have sent previous slimming contact us on 0844 897 8000 or check us out on www.slimmingworld.com campaigns off track can help. To Advertise 71 886759(NI) or 048 71 886759 (From ROI)

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Northwest Digital switchover for October 2012 The move from analogue to digital television scheduled for October 2012 was again highlighted last week after local Strabane Sinn Fein councillor, Michelle Mc Mackin attended a meeting with the body employed to secure the switchover. By Megan Conroy

Current British Open Champion Darren Clarke (above) and World No.1 Lee Westwood both believe strongly in the preshot routine. It has evidently served them well!

Digital UK is currently working with RTE, BBC and both the Irish and British Governments to ensure a smooth switch over to digital Freeview television in the Northwest. Cllr Mc Mackin said: “This time next year everyone will have to be on digital television, and so it is important that in the time ahead the public are made aware of what this means. If you currently have digital TV, Freeview or satellite subscription you will continue as normal. If you don’t then you will have to change to digital, this maybe by purchasing a Freeview box at £40 allinclusive for the standard option.” “The basic option is free if you have a TV licence are aged over 75 and or are in receipt of a wide range of benefits including people on pension credit, income support, job seeker’s allowance and employment and support allowance. A Help Scheme has been launched which will allow qualifying people to apply for financial assistance in moving over to digital, and others to avail of advice and support. Letters are scheduled to be sent out to those eligible for the free part of the scheme in February 2012.”


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Lucy & Jonathan Pictured after their wedding in St Patrick’s Church, Castlederg are Lucy & Jonathan McMenamin.  Jonathan is the son of John & Sarah McMenamin, 45 Crilly Park, Killeter, Castlederg and his bride is the former Lucy Meehan, daughter of Liam & Ann Marie Meehan, 50 Castlefin Park, Castlederg.  The bestman was Martin Penrose, friend of the groom.  The groomsmen were Darren McMenamin, brother of the groom and Sean Meehan, brother of the bride.  The chief bridesmaid was Kellie Meehan, sister of the bride.  The bridesmaids were Ann Meehan, aunt of the bride and Nichola McMenamin, sister of the groom.  The pageboy was Theo Temple, nephew of the groom and the flowergirl was Brianna McGarvey, cousin of the bride.  The happy couple held their reception in Jackson’s Hotel, Balleybofey and spent their honeymoon in Mexico.  Photograph by Lauren Coulter at Alan Coulter Studios, Castlederg

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Lorna & Paul Pictured after their wedding in Melmount Chapel, Strabane are Miss Lorna Connolly, Strabane and Mr Paul Earle, England and their reception was held in The Mellon Country Hotel.  Photograph by Alan Coulter, Castlederg 

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Pictured after their wedding in 2nd Castlederg Presbyterian Church are Miss Olivia Clarke, daughter of Jim & Rosemary Clarke, Young Crescent, Castlederg and Mr Kenny Adams, son of Davy & Mary Adams, Lettercarn Road, Castlederg.  Their reception was held in The Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.  Photograph by Lauren Coulter at Alan Coulter Studios, Castlederg.

Svetlana & Owen Pictured after their in St Columbas Church, Doneyloop are Miss Svetlana Klimova, Russia and Mr Owen Mellon, Sion Mills and their reception was held in The Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town.  Photograph by Lauren Coulter at Alan Coulter Studios, Castlederg.

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Glenelly man’s influence grows in the Capital Fresh from a victorious trip down under with Ireland’s International Rules side, Glenelly’s Michael Kennedy now has his sights set on another season with the footballers of Dublin. By Kevin McAnena If 2012 is anywhere close to being as good to him as 2011 was, the affable Cranagh man has lots to be excited about. Michael is back on board with Pat Gilroy’s backroom team, heading up the video analysis which forms a crucial part of Dublin’s meticulous preparation. He has occupied that role for three years now, with the ultimate prize arriving last September as the Dubs beat Kerry in that thrilling All Ireland Final. The former Glenelly GFC player is certainly making waves in the capital - as well as his involvement with the county and international teams he has settled into his day job as Director of GAA at Dublin City University. DCU has emerged as one of the country’s top college sides in recent years and its emphasis on Gaelic Games has saw top players like Bernard Brogan, Seanie Johnston, Bernard Brogan, Michael Murphy and Donie Shine line out in its colours in recent seasons. With a plethora of teams lining out between the university’s five GAA clubs, it must be quite a task to oversee it all?

“I was asked to come in just over a year ago to come in on a temporary basis because they were having trouble trying to steer the GAA ship,” Michael explained. “After a period of time I was asked to go for an interview and I was successful in getting it. On a day to day basis it varies quite a bit, from working with all the various managers and management teams, be that hurling, camogie, ladies football, handball or men’s football. (It involves) working closely with management teams and sports centres to make sure we provide the very, very best practice for our players in areas like nutrition, strength and conditioning, functional screening, functional testing. We try to ensure that all our players get the opportunity to experience the best level of care that they can be exposed to,” he said. Michael’s responsibilities extend beyond the playing field too, and he stresses the importance of maintaining the right balance between training and the books. “Education, to me, is number one. We’re fully aware of how a student is doing on a day to day basis in his or her studies. I work very closely with the heads of schools and course directors to see how our players are doing, and if there is someone struggling we have to put special provision there and get them extra tuition to make sure they get through any difficulties they may have,” he said. While winning the All Ireland with his adopted county in September was the stuff of dreams, Michael’s year was about to get better as he headed for Australia with the Irish International Rules squad.

Again, his duty was to provide Anthony Tohill with the expert video analysis that was to take this Ireland team on to a higher plain than their professional opponents from the AFL. Michael had previously been involved with the Ireland side that lost to the Australians in 2010 – the management team were keen to make sure that wouldn’t happen again. A professional approach was key. “Players had to be at a certain fitness level for a certain date, otherwise they wouldn’t be part of the squad. We also had training sessions every weekend based in DCU and the intensity was a lot higher this year. There was a lot of concentration placed on the defined tackle, and that was brought about by the excellent work of Kieran McGeeney,” he said. “We videoed every training session and we looked at that very closely to see how the new fellas adapted to the rules of the game and how they were performing. That was a significant difference. We also put a lot of emphasis on the interchange – we knew we had to get that right, and we did. The other thing was that the team that travels has a unique bond that develops over the time they’re away.” Michael’s involvement offered him the opportunity to work with the crème de la crème of the GAA’s stars. Who impressed him most? “Someone like Michael Murphy, who was relatively new to the game, he just took to the game very easily. He was probably the most outstanding player overall and would fit into any team in Australia, but there were other players like Ciaran McKeever who stepped up and performed to a very high level. Leighton

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Glynn was probably unmarkable, and Stephen McDonnell and Joe McMahon were excellent as well.” Indeed the whole squad were excellent, and Ireland secured a comfortable 130-65 win over the course of both legs to bring the Cormac McAnallen Cup home with them. It was an occasion that brought enormous satisfaction to Michael: “The first call I got immediately after both games was my mother – here she was minutes after the

game, and how proud she was,” he said. “It only hit home then and as I started to receive texts from back home in Glenelly and Dublin. It was an immensely proud moment for me. Not just coming from a Glenelly background but also as a Tyrone man and coming from a Dublin perspective, and most importantly from an Irish perspective. It was one of the proudest moments of my life.”

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Factor. Watched by millions, she wowed audiences with her stunning performances week after week. Following her elimination in the live semi-final, Mary signed a record deal with Sony Records. Her debut album ‘Mine & Yours’, released in March 2011, spent 2 weeks at the number 1 spot and has since spent 8 weeks in the top 5 of the Irish music charts. The album was produced by hit-maker Nigel Wright who has worked with stars such as Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Byrne recently performed for The Queen, having been invited to sing at a special concert celebrating Her Majesty’s first state visit to Ireland in May and she also appeared as a special guest for Neil Diamond in concert at the Aviva Stadium on 25 June. She will join the cast of Grease in August to make her stage debut as ‘Teen Angel’ at the Grand Canal Theatre Dublin and will reprise the role next year for the Derry dates of the tour.


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Strabane Unplugged Rocks For Joe The first ‘Strabane Unplugged’ session of 2012 will take place on Monday, February 6 at the Pool Bar on Main Street. The popular monthly acoustic night celebrated its seventh anniversary in December and is continuing gather momentum by the month. The line-up for the February session includes Darren and Blaine Doherty and Omagh singer-songwriter PP Slaggart, who will be showcasing some new material, plus a few gems from his ‘Down With The Tyrants’ and ‘The Ramblings of Dangerous Dan McDaid’ albums. Also performing on the night will be local bluegrass/folk rock band The Brambles and One For The Road, with their own special brand of Americana. All proceeds on the

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JULIET TURNER HEADLINES A BUSY FEBRUARY AT THE BALOR It’s a busy month ahead at The Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey. The Lifford Players and a Balor DCA/Alley Arts co-production fill our drama programme. There’s music of the highest order from legendary Irish uilleann piper Paddy Keenan, Meteor Award winning singer-songwriter, JULIET TURNER and once again Nashville returns to Ballybofey as The Balor is transformed into the Mecca of Country Music for Another Night At The Grand Ole Opry, back due to the sell-out success of its previous shows. Tickets for all shows are on sale now from the Balor Box-office on - ROI: 074 9131840 NI: 00353 74 91 31840

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The Balor Arts Centre will host Meteor Award winning singer-songwriter, JULIET TURNER (accompanied by Freddie White) for a very special intimate performance on Saturday, Feb 18th, Monday January 30th 2012. Following the sellTurner has seen both critical acclaim and comout success of last mercial success. Her 2000 album “Burn the Black Septembers Grand Suit” went double platinum in Ireland, while she Ole Opry, Nashhas won several awards, including a Meteor Music ville returns to BalAward in 2005 for Best Irish Female Performer. lybofey once more Her most recent album, 2008’s “People Have as The Balor is Names”, was met with universal praise, described transformed into the by the Irish Times as “a gloriously taut collection Mecca of Country of songs”, by the Belfast Telegraph as “The album Music for Another of her life”, and Hot Press as “a serious contender Night At The Grand for album of the year”. Ole Opry. Turner’s talent has also been recognised by her With music by Off The Kuff, this fantastic night musical peers, and she has opened for such acts of country music will recreate the Grand Ole Opry as Bob Dylan, U2 and Bryan Adams.Watch Juliet in its heyday. Join your Master Of Ceremonies Turner perform “Burn the Black Suit” live. Little Jimmy Dickens (Damien Duffy) and a host of guest vocalists paying tribute to country legends Shadowlands such as Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Randy Travis and Garth Brooks. Friday February 17th The complete guest line-up is: Hugo McLaughlin The Lifford players are proud to present their proas Randy Travis, Martin Orr as Johnny Cash, Hugh duction of Shadowlands, McLean as Don Williams, Cathleen Bradley as Based on the life and writings of C.S. Lewis, ShadJune Carter Cash, Jimmy Henry as George Jones, owlands is an exploration of love and the pain of Mark McLean as Waylon Jennings, John McBride loss. as Gene Watkins, Gary McEvoy as Vince Gill and Joy Gresham, a long term admirer of Lewis’ work, Trevor Loughrey as Garth Brooks. visits him from America. A romance develops and There ain’t no place like The Opry! they find themselves experiencing the bloom of love in their middle years. Paddy Keenan with Sadly they discover Joy has a terminal illness. This situation brings to the fore Lewis’s deep thinkJames Riley in Concert ing about God and life. By drawing on the works Friday February 10th -2012 of Lewis (A Grief Observed, The Chronicles of Paddy Keenan, formerly of the Bothy Band is Narnia), William Nicholson creates a world filled without a doubt the greatest living uillinn piper in with magic and characters of great intellect and the world. For his Balor appearance he is accomhumour. panied by master guitarist James Riley. Nominated for an Olivier Award, an Academy Award (screenplay), and winning the London Evening Standard Best Play Award, Shadowlands is certain to touch the hearts of audiences of every age.

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Tuesday February 21st- Friday February 24th Remembrance Sunday 1938. Four men gather in a bar in Donegal. All have their own reasons, all have their own story. As Europe stands on the brink of the second ‘Gret War’ in 25 years the fires of old conflicts – both domestic and foreign still burn. What was promised? What was achieved? What was won? And at what cost? Many of these questions will be answered this day but how many more will be created? Remembrances examines the lasting legacy of the First World War in Ireland – North and South. A Balor DCA/Alley Arts co-production funded by the International Fund for Ireland. Tuesday 21st - Thursday 23rd Schools Shows (daytime, exact time tbc) Friday 24th - Public Show 8.30pm. All shows FREE

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Newcomers welcome to McConomy School of Irish Dancing McConomy School of dancing has been established over 30 yrs. The school is run by Elizabeth McConomy and her daughter Tara Doherty, both registered adjudicators with An Coimisuin le Rince Gaelacha.

Tara was a member of ‘Riverdance’ the Show for three years and then went on to become Female dance captain in Jean Butlers show ‘Dancing on Dangerous Ground’. She is a former World Champion. The school has produced 18 World Champion titles over the years, the only school in the Northwest region to do so. McConomy school is the only school in Tyrone to have produced countless Ulster, All Ireland &

World champions. Former pupils have been selected to dance in Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Emerald Beat to name a few. Recently some of our pupils performed on TG4 and made it through to the final of An Jig Gig. Eleven pupils from the school have qualified for the World Championships & will represent Tyrone at the event in Dublin at Easter time. Although the school has many impressive results at competitions they still have many pupils who dance just for fun and to keep fit. Costumes and wigs are not a necessity. Classes take place every Tuesday & Thursday in Ballycoleman Community Centre, 5pm to 7pm. All newcomers welcome. Call 07784487508 for furTeachers & Pupils at the McConomy School of Irish Dancing. ther information.

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by Kevin McAnena Ian McGowan has recorded and released a CD to express his gratitude at the treatment he received from staff at the hospital last year. ‘A Sperrin Mountain Melody’ is an acknowledge of the work and care of staff in the Sperrin Unit. Ian had initially put the CD out before Christmas, but hasn’t been able to organise a formal launch yet - he expects that to happen in the coming weeks. An accomplished guitar player, he composed and recorded the two-track CD after receiving treatment for low grade non-Hodgekins lymphoma. Ian said he wants to give the CD the proper launch and publicity it deserves: “It wasn’t really so much aimed at the Christmas market anyway, it’s got more of a Spring type feel to it.” He added: “We’ll probably launch it in the Sperrin Unit in Altnagelvin. We were all set to launch it on the 14th December, but then the weather was bad and they phoned me in the morning to say there

was no doctors or patients around, so we just put it out and into the shops.” Recorded and mixed at the home of Strabane music stalwart Pete O’Hanlon, the finished article itself is in the vein of Enya and Clannad, and Ian is ably assisted by his neighbour Bridgeen Tully who joined him on vocals and cello. Ian, who lives on the Melmount Road, has been a musician on a semi-professional basis for years

and has made a name for himself regularly playing gigs with Derry man Frankie Robinson. His inspiration for the project came as he was recovering from his illness - he found himself reflecting on life’s events and inspired by the view from a friends house overlooking the Sperrin Mountains, he set about resurrecting a piece of music he had been working on but had yet to complete. “I decided then to bring out a CD and dedicate it to the Sperrin wing, and any funds that came from it would be donated to them,” he said. “The measure of the service that the staff provide at the Sperrin Unit is unquantifiable, it’s an amazing service, delivered by amazing people,” he added. Una Cardin, Sperrin Unit Manager, said: “We appreciate the support for the Western Trust’s Sperrin Unit. Funds raised will be used for additional support and comfort for patients attending the Sperrin Unit, at what is a difficult time in their lives.” The CD costs just £5, and can be purchased at: Patsy Kelly’s Shop, Melmount Road Strabane. Brian Haughey’s Costcutters, Ballycolman Avenue. Strabane. Boston Tea Party, Craft Village. Derry. Fiorentini’s Restaurant, Strand Road, Derry.

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Bogus callers in the Donemana area - report Police in Strabane are reminding householders to be vigilant following a report of two bogus callers in the Donemana area earlier this month. By Kevin McAnena A man called at a house in the morning of January 9th asking about doing some painting work. The owners refused and he left. Later that day a second man called to the same house claiming to be from NI Water. He too was refused entry. Both men spoke with

southern accents. A police spokesperson said criminals will use all sorts of tactics to gain access to a victim’s home: “You should remember that any genuine caller will not mind being challenged about the authenticity of their identity,” she said. She added: “Everyone should follow this advice when dealing with unexpected visitors - before answering your door, ensure your back door is locked; think before you open the door - use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them. Ask callers for proof of identity, and check this carefully.”

Householders are also being warned about distraction burglaries. There has previously been reports in the Donemana area of a man calling to houses saying he had just run over a pet animal. “Beware of callers who attempt to distract you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear garden or somewhere that may encourage you to leave your house - they may have an accomplice who is waiting to act upon this distraction,” the spokesperson added. If you want to contact police, the non emergency police number is 0845 600 8000. In an emergency dial 999.

STRABANE will finally be brought into the 21st Century after the welcomed news that Wi-Fi will be available in the near future. By Megan Conroy The news emerged last week that two points in Strabane’s town centre will provide free internet access for all. The two wireless points will be situated at the Alley Theatre and the Back Street, allowing internet to be accessible in all areas in the town centre. The plans issued by the Economic Development Department have been supported by local Sinn Fein councillor Michelle Mc Mackin she said: “Currently there is no point of Wi-Fi access anywhere in Strabane, the plan to introduce two hotspots will benefit local businesses, visitors to the town and schoolchildren. It is bringing Strabane into line with other towns across the North-West.” Plans have also been made to introduce Wi-Fi to rural areas in the Strabane District who have suffered from poor connection problems Strabane resident Danielle Gillespie is delighted with the news, she said: “I think that it will be great for the town, I have also found it frustrating that you can access the internet in other towns and cities but you can’t here. It is long overdue.”

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Is curvy the way forward? It has always been a well-known fact that January signals the beginning of frantic get-fit fast regimes, with many women’s new years’ resolutions being to shed a few pounds and get in shape with myself included in this craze. After the Christmas season has been and gone the urge to create a ‘new you’ becomes the main priority on your to-do list. Today’s generation of young woman are obsessed with the latest dies and fitness classes that are clearly becoming more popular as the trend continues to flourish. Slimming world, the latest diet to take the world by storm, promote that eating nice food in moderation is all that we achieve to do to achieve that perfect body. If it was as easy as that would we not all b size 10 beauties? I did not see Chinese twice a week in their diet book. Do not get me wrong however I have seen the results of the slimming world craze and it works wonders but saving my sins until the weekend just so I can have a bottle of wine does not appeal to me in the slightest. Exercise has always been a thorny issue

Marylin Monroe was proof that you don’t need to be a ‘stick insect’ to look stunning & beautiful.

for me, getting up strolling round the bypass lost its appeal very quickly when the dark mornings came and the snooze button was even a mission to turn off. Zumba! When a friend suggested that we try the

Zumba classes in Riversdale I jumped at the idea, dancing to lose weight how hard could that be? I thought to myself that this was going be the thing that I would be good at, I would become a Zumba fanatic well how wrong was I? First mistake was walking into the jammed-packed hall wearing a tracksuit that would be suitable to take to the North-Pole. The music started and my heart sank and I knew I was in way over my head, the tears streaming down my face with laughter I knew the only way I could dance to this was with a few glasses of my earlier stated, beloved vino. As January draws to a close so do the, ‘I’ll do it this year’ attitudes, they are replaced with the more realistic motto of ‘I’m fine the way I am.’ Some women are born with the natural ability to stay slim while others need a little help along the way. Whether you’re a size 8 or size 18 women are meant to have curves. My reasoning for this argument is that Marylin Monroe was a size 16 and look how beautiful she was. For me I believe that if you really want to achieve that perfect body you will need plenty of will-power and dedication, qualities that I unfortunately do not possess!

PLANS to commence work on the £50 million complex in the Strabane/Lifford border area are due to begin at the end of this year. The Three Rivers Project which plans to see the development of a hotel, sports complex and an employment centre has also been the focus of interest for supermarket chains Tesco and Sainsbury for investment in the project. The news that the supermarkets are considering opening stores in Strabane has caused no concern to local competitor ASDA. A source for the supermarket said: “We are currently the main supermarket in the Strabane area; we have seen no decline in our sales figures during this recession and we are confident that ASDA will still be the main store for shoppers in the area. We have customers from Derry and across the border shopping here every week, we can not see this development causing any change to the business.” The project sets to create hundreds of jobs when the development is finished giving hope that Strabane will no longer be considered as an unemployment blackspot. SDLP councillor Patsy Kelly said: “Although the Three Rivers Project will see the creation of jobs in the future they will not be until the earliest 2014. The project is not going to happen overnight, however it will give people hope that jobs are on their way.” When asked his thoughts about a new supermarket development, Mr Kelly said: “In this current economic climate I do not think that another store in Strabane is necessary.”


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2012: Are the Irish Coming? Some readers may be old enough to recall the Academy Awards success of athletic Brit Flick ‘Chariots of Fire’ in 1982. For those of you too young to remember, you’re probably more familiar with its instrumental piano score, composed by Greek electronic composer Vangelis, which still to this day is used as the theme music when someone is running in slow motion. Know it now? Cool! When he accepted his Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, the film’s screenwriter Colin Welland famously announced “The British are coming”. As it turned out they weren’t and despite the recent success of British thespians like Colin Firth, Judy Dench and Helen Mirren, the cinematic imperialism imagined by Welland still hasn’t taken hold thirty years on. That very fact makes me wary of making bold declarations. Instead I’m going to ‘bottle it’ and merely pose a question rather than do a Colin Welland or an Alan “you’ll never win anything with kids” Hansen. So, tell me this – do you think this could be a big year for new Irish acts on a large scale? Something has been brewing over the last number of years and there is a distinct possibility of the froth spilling over into the mainstream in 2012.

‘Rainy Boy Sleep’.

It’s important, I think, at this point to stress that I’m not talking about Snow Patrol. While their success has perhaps put the spotlight on this island, particularly its northern half, such musical tourism has never been particularly fruitful in the past. In the late eighties when U2 were at their ‘Joshua Tree’ chest-beating pomp, Irish music once again became the focus. This sounds all well and good but the ‘suits’ who dipped their toes were not looking at Irish music in all its varying shades. Instead, all they wanted was U2 the sequel and only took onboard bands who honed a similar big sound and ragged Celtic look. Major label money was foisted upon bands like Aslan, Cry Before Dawn and Hothouse Flowers. Aslan, initially, imploded, Hothouse Flowers were perhaps too musically fluid for the conservatism of a major label and Cry Before Dawn were, frankly, not very good. So, when we got to the 90s, the new U2 were, as it turned out, U2!

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fast, And So I Watch You From Afar for their album ‘Gangs’ and the signs are more than Now here we are in 2012 and things are positive. Positive progress is evident out on looking promising again. Reflecting over the the road also, with Lifford’s very own Stevie past year, my personal musical highlights Martin, aka Rainy Boy Sleep, about to go have all come from Irish bands. on tour with James Morrison. To be more specific, my personal musical Own Sounds highlights of the past year have come from Northern Irish bands! The “small but mas- The beauty of the acts named above is sive” gatherings at the Glasgowbury festival the fact that they are musically nothing like every July are proof that many others feel Snow Patrol or, indeed, each other. Unlike the same way. When someone asks such the ‘Next U2’ mirage of the late eighties, people what they’re listening to these days, these new artists are making waves on their the answer will most likely not be some chart own terms and with their own sounds and fare or what’s on the cover of the NME or garnering attention for that very reason; Q Magazine but something discovered something denied to various Irish acts down independently via the magic of social net- through the years. working, sites like Bandcamp, local venues supporting acts performing original material and innovative local radio shows like Radio Foyle’s ‘Electric Mainline’. These are musical utopias for those who want something they haven’t heard before, who haven’t put a full-stop on their musical adventures simply because they’ve reached a certain age and for whom “give us one we know” is the cry of the complacent in need of the comfort blanket of record sales and television to dictate their tastes. Make no mistake about it, we’ll all be long gone and people will still be making great music! Lucky for us, there is so much to get excited about right now and chances are it’s on our very own doorstep.

New Irish Talent Out of this beautiful indigenous melting pot of variety a marker has been laid down over recent weeks right into the heart of national day-time radio. On Radio One alone, the past month has seen airplay for Derry’s Wonder Villains, Strabane/Lifford House DJs/Producers Zenemy DJz and Lisburn’s Rams’ Pocket Radio. Add to that the matter of Derry’s top electro exponents The Japanese Popstars making the 2012 Choice Music Prize shortlist for their fantastic ‘Controlling Your Allegiance’ album alongside Carryduff’s Cashier No.9 for their debut album ‘To The Death Of Fun’ and god-like glass breakers from Bel-

‘Wonderthumb’.

These acts are also just the tip of the iceberg. Irish Hip-Hop is making a powerful tribal roar as is our burgeoning electronic scene, particularly in Derry and Donegal with the ‘Culture Glitch’ nights championing the likes of Shammen Delly, Diatribe and The Crimson Underground. The one thing that all of the above share in common is this – they all play their own material and have been given the chance to develop thanks to local venues and local audiences willing to listen. Are the Irish coming? They’re already here, go out and find them!

The online only station has been live since early December and is going from strength to strength on a daily basis. The beauty of online radio is that the listenership can go beyond the local area and the same can be said for Strabane Radio Online. Joining a healthy local following are listeners from as far afield as Toronto, Boston and Melbourne, many of whom share very close ties to the Strabane area. The station is still in the process of development and plans are already in the pipeline for new shows being added to the already fine eclectic mix that’s in the schedule. Classic hits, Brass and Jazz, Americana, Country, Rock, Soul, Ska and of course the exciting new music coming out of Strabane, Derry, Donegal all find their way onto the various playlists, with further tastes to be accommodated for soon. Strabane Radio Online can be accessed simply by logging on to www.strabaneradio.com.

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