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Strabane teen nets record deal A Strabane teenager has scored a worldwide recording deal with SRI Records. Seventeen year old Chloe Wilders put pen to paper and signed a multi-album deal with her debut album due out during the first quarter of this year. Already a leading figure in the local live scene, making numerous live appearances as a pupil during showcases at her former school, Strabane Grammar, and more recently at the local Strabane Unplugged sessions, Chloe has garnered huge interest from the record industry for quite some time and her debut album, ‘You Don’t Know Me’, is ready to go. Speaking to the ‘Herald’ last week, Chloe was still buzzing from signing, what she hopes, will be the deal of a lifetime. “I couldn’t believe it when the deal came along. Hopefully the first album will be launched next month. The title-track ‘You Don’t Know Me’ will also be released as a single before that too. Touring will then probably have to be looked at. I hope to get a band of musicians here in Ireland because it’ll be very practical for rehearsals and then arrangements will be made for us all to travel to the United States. It’s very exciting.” Chloe has music in her blood, coming from a strong musical background, with her mother, Julie, and father, Alan, accomplished musicians and live entertainers in their own right. Aside from her talent as a singer and songwriter Chloe also plays guitar and piano and has a very mature vision of being handson in a recording studio, so much so that she intends to continue her studies at the North West Regional College. “I’m studying music technology and down the line would like to produce my own music and maybe hopefully one day produce other people’s music too,” she explains. Chloe agrees that the deal she has signed is refreshing in today’s musical climate in that there is an investment in her future with the deal being for three albums, and also in the fact that she has artistic con-

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trol. Her debut album consists of tracks that are all self-penned. “My happiness is key is what the label keeps telling me and that’s very reassuring. My family have been a great support too and didn’t pressure me into signing or doing anything that I wasn’t comfortable with. My dad did a lot a research too and wanted to make sure that it was the right kind of deal for me,” Chloe tells us. SRI record label head and veteran producer Shelly Liebowitz has enthused publically about the company’s new acquisition from Strabane. “Chloe Wilders is the kind of talent that doesn’t come along very often. She is that rare artist who will stand the test of time and will produce hits for years to come. We are thrilled to have Chloe as part of the SRI family and we will be going all out to make sure that this super-star in the making gets the exposure she deserves.” He added, “’You Don’t Know Me’, the debut album contains several hits. Chloe has just scratched the surface of her talent, she will keep getting better and better and considering how good this album is, I know we have a monster star on our hands.” The album will be released digitally to all online music retailers followed by the CD’s availability at retail and available at www.srirecords.com 

National Saint book published by local man A new book “Saint Patrick After The Ancient Narrations” by Rev. Philip Lynch C.S.Sp. has just been published by his nephew James Lynch. The story of our National Saint has been directly transcribed from the ancient narratives with suitable commentary, nonetheless in agreement with the ancient narrators. No less than 64 BishopSaints wrote several lives of Saint Patrick. Our National Saint was British, hails from Armoric Britain, present day Northern France, spent 60 years on mission to our Isle where he consecrated 355 bishops and ordained 3000 priests. Hardly a district in Ireland was not visited and blessed by our National Saint as he travelled by chariot preaching, baptizing, healing, blessing and chastising in some cases. Read about the plots on his life, his promises secured from God for the Irish, his way of converting the Gaels, the many relics he got from Rome and elsewhere, the many writings sayings and relics he left to the future Church in Ireland. Many of his own family accompanied him as bishops, priests,nuns and lay, becoming saints also. He taught the Trinity, unity with Rome, the importance of prayer and fasting, and was easily understood by the Irish as he had the Gaelic language unlike many of his predecessors. Pope Saint Celestine commissioned Patrick, formerly called Sigerson, in the 4th year of his Pontificate to evangelize the Irish with suitable powers and materials. His life’s work was written in his time by Brogan his scribe and faithfully transcribed in the monasteries for posterity, such writings being the basis for this book. We have not been taught the whole story of Saint Patrick and in this Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI what better time to get to know our

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Vintage Vixens prepare to take to the Catwalk Students from North West Regional College’s Strabane Campus are currently putting the finishing touches to some stunning fashion and glamour ahead of their exciting ‘Vintage Vixens’ showcase, which is being held on Wednesday 6th February at the Fir Trees Hotel Strabane. The level 3 Hairdressing & Beauty students will take to the catwalk for an exclusive one night only performance showcasing styles from the 1950’s, Avant Garde and creative colouring, and will also feature live music and charity giveaways. The event will have a competitive edge as the students will battle against one another for the top designs and styles on the night, with expert judges on hand to select the overall winners. Each student will produce three different pieces, one for each category, which will be modelled by their respective models with over 100 models expected to show-off the wonderful displays. The show is destined to be a sellout, and a spokesperson for the College added that it is destined to raise the profile of the student experience at the Derry Road Campus: “The students have been working so hard over the last few months getting their designs together for vv poster.indd 1

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Performances also suggests Friel’s personal concerns, since the composer Janáček is portrayed as being at Friel’s age at the time of the play’s composition, and the playwright Directed by acclaimed actor and director, expresses his anxiety over perhaps not being Adrian Dunbar, it opens in the University of up to the challenges of scaling for a final time “the mountain” of creating a full-scale work. Ulster Hall on Thurs 14th February.

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A local slimming expert has welcomed the arrival of a new NHS weight management referral scheme in Tyrone saying that referring patients to specialist slimming clubs to help them lose weight and keep it off will “save the NHS millions”.

Sinead Twells was speaking after Slimming World on Referral, which has helped more than 144,000 patients in England to lose weight and live a healthier life , became one of a range of weight management support services now offered in local areas as part of a six-month pilot by the Health and Social Care Board.Sinead who runs the SionMills Slimming World group says the support offered by groups like hers will save the NHS money while providing patients with a better standard of service. Under the pilot, patients who suffer obesity-related health problems will be offered membership at Slimming World groups as a way to help them manage their weight. Patients need to visit their GP to get referred and 375 GP practices across the province, including those in Tyrone are taking part in the new programme. A 2012 study by the University College Cork estimated that obesity costs Northern Ireland more than £1 million

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Following the previous sell - out performances of Much Ado on Broadway, Annie, and last years Production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the pupils of Much Ado Stage School presents ‘Strictly Musicals’ This will be an exciting collaboration of the West End’s newest and most loved musicals. The pupils will perform extracts from Mamma Mia, Shrek, Toy Story and The Beatles Classic ‘Love’ This production will be a great family outing for mid-term break and guarantees The Strabane Drama Festival will take place from to include songs the whole family can enjoy. Friday 15th March – Saturday 23rd March. The Alley will come alive for nine nights of superb drama. Drama groups from all over Ireland will be competing for a range of awards and take the tile of best play. Isla Grant ‘The Hits’ Tour Scotland’s most popular singer-songwriter Isla The full listing of drama groups will be announced Grant makes a welcome return visit to the Alley shortly. Tickets are £8, £6(con) or £40, £30 (con) Theatre. In the last year Isla has completed hugely for all nine nights. successful Tours of New Zealand, Australia and the UK and once again received a ‘Gold Disc’ for CD sales. Her highly entertaining concert show Latest Exhibition features all her wonderful ‘Hit’ songs.

First produced in 1973, The Freedom of the City is Brian Friel’s most overtly political play. Set in Derry in 1970, in the aftermath of a Civil Rights meeting, it conjures the events of Bloody Sunday. Three unarmed marchers, find themselves in the mayor’s parlour in the Guildhall. Reports and rumours exaggerate their ‘occupation’ and they are shot by British soldiers as they leave. The play documents the victims’ final hours and a subsequent tribunal of the inquiry into their deaths. An Grianán Theatre returns to the play in the context of the 41st anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the recent revelations from the Saville Enquiry. This project is part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council.

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Their online project, ‘Glenelly Our Home’ engages a worldwide following, many of them the valley’s own emigrants, who recollect the people who came before them and who might never have left the valley. Local people, too, celebrate the unique historical culture that is Glenelly. This evening will recall many memories of life in Glenelly through stories, photos and film.

This exhibition is based on the aftermath of Martina’s experience in October 24th 2011 when the river Dodder broke its banks in Dublin and destroyed not only her home but neighbours properties which resulted in 192 families rendered homeless and facing the devastation of having to rebuild their homes.

Jake O’Kane all set to give you a ‘Mouthful’ Following hot on the heels of the criticallyacclaimed ‘Tear Gas’ DVD and live shows, Belfast’s Jake O’Kane returns to the Alley Theatre and this time he’s going to give you a ‘Mouthful’! Isla’s interaction with her audience is second to none and the atmosphere at her ‘Live’ Shows is a joy to behold and as always her husband Al will feature a guest spot in the show.

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WillFred Theatre Company in association with Arts and Disability Ireland brings this very special production to the Alley. Shane O Reilly is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults). Shane’s parents are deaf. He grew up in a house with doorbell lights and subtitles on the TV. A house where to be heard, you had to be seen.

These paintings are an investigation into the changed environment/ landscape of the river banks post- flood. Showing in the Alley Gallery from 11th February to 8th March

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2013 – Could It Be Magic? The local hip-hop scene will no doubt get bigger in 2013, with Gerardi2 continuing his great expedition and this year will also bring the great showman that is Mr Mills to the fore (check out his latest video ‘More Than This’ on YouTube) along with the notoriously brilliant Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

I’m definitely in the minority when I say that I love January. While most are glaring through five fingers at the scene of the crime that is the scales, the bank statements and the empties in the blue wheelie-bin, some of us are gearing up for another year of new music, as many artists and bands presently lay down their manifestos for the year ahead. Last January, the then 15-year-old Bridie Monds-Watson, under the name SOAK, unleashed a charming demo called ‘Leaves’ on the local airwaves. During her first ever play on Stephen McCauley’s Electric Mainline show on Radio Foyle some of us were sitting with pen and paper impatiently waiting to find out the name of this artist, assuming it must be some new underground American artist, possibly on the Matador Records roster. To find out it was someone so young who hails from just down the road was a strong enough jolt to rid the system of any post-holiday season ailments. One year on, two wonderful EPs on, a series of high profile festival and concert appearances, including an appearance on the iconic ‘Other Voices’ programme soon to be aired on RTE and the record industry bigwigs have come knocking. There is no doubting that 2013 promises even bigger things for SOAK. So who’s on the starting blocks this year? Locally, there is, as always, much to be excited about. Strabane artist Gaze Is Ghost, better known as Laura McGarrigle, now based in Paris, has released her debut mini-album online on her Bandcamp page (http://gazeisghost.band-

Gaze is Ghost (Laura McGarrigle), left and Mr Mills could do big things in the year ahead.

camp.com). It’s an eight-track collection called ‘Plume’ and is a piano-led nocturnal delight. Experimenting with songstructure and melody, Gaze Is Ghost is a forward thinking artist from the Kate Bush and Joanna Newsom school. While challenging music is always something to encourage, it can be a musical tightrope, but ‘Plume’ succeeds and warrants repeat listening. Check it out! Strabane singer-songwriter Gary Elliott made a name for himself at the live showcases at the Alley Theatre last summer. Tracks like ‘Wooden Boat’ and ‘Survival’ demonstrated a promising talent with a great voice. He has been recently recording material at Neon Noise studios with Peter Doherty, the fruits of which we look forward to hearing very soon. Another local artist who had a fine 2012 was Glen Harkin. His ‘Devil Has Won’ EP garnered rave reviews and the word is that Glen is still writing away and will be unleashing new stuff on the world in 2013. With a voice that grabs the attention of an entire room, the new material will be hotly anticipated. Paul Tully is no stranger to this column and we have been promised his longawaited debut EP this year. With the EP

Talking It Up To Eleven! It’s a new year and with it we thought we’d bring a new feature to the music column. Every month a local figure in the world of music will talk a little about the music that shaped them through the years and what excites them at present. Most questionnaires go up to ten but in true Spinal Tap fashion, ours goes up to 11! First up this month is Strabane Radio and Firebrand Rock Radio DJ Stoodge McNulty, whose ‘Full Metal Racket’ show is essential listening for metalheads everywhere. What was the first music you remember listening to? The first music I remember listening to was probably Black Sabbath, and it wasn’t by choice. I remember when I was young going to my Grandparents house regularly and my uncles would be playing an album that not only had music but a cover that scared the life out of me. When you are ten years old and listening to a song called ‘Black Sabbath’ that opens with the sound of a church bell amidst

on the way and a guest slot with the wonderful Andy Irvine coming up in February, 2013 could well be the year that Tully finally takes the step forward that an entire town and beyond knows that he more than capable of. The McBeth Sisters have been a regular feature at many local showcases in Strabane over the past few years. Their catalogue of original material is growing stronger and stronger, soaked in beautiful melodies and impeccable harmonies. You want evidence? Simply log onto YouTube and check out original tunes such as ‘This Town’ and ‘Can’t See Through You’. Are these girls in a studio yet? If not, why not? The lack of original bands in Strabane is something that hopefully will change in 2013 and maybe even the electronic scene, which is exploding positively in Donegal and Derry, will also begin to bear more fruit around these parts also. We do, of course, have Zenemy DJz, who raised many a roof during 2012 and Wez, Terry and Maggz will no doubt be capitalising on this throughout 2013, while also recording their unique brand of electro-house with an array of talented vocalists.

On the pop front, Strabane teenager Chloe Wilders could have a promising 2013 as well. She has recently completed recording her debut album and she previewed a number of tracks at the December Strabane Unplugged sessions. Catchy infectious choruses, great riffs and a strong voice and stage persona – Chloe has all these attributes in abundance and this could well be her year! Outside of Strabane, Donegal will have so much to offer this year in the shape of electronic pioneers Shammen Delly from Buncrana and SlowPlaceLikeHome from Ballyshannon. Sixteen year-old Rosie Carney from Downings is a name that could well breakthrough nationally or even internationally in 2013. Check her track ‘What You’ve Been Looking For’ on YouTube and you just might agree. Meanwhile, Letterkenny noise merchants HumanShield will prove that the acoustic guitar is but firewood on their watch as they follow-up their awesome ‘Money on the Streets, Medal in the Dojo’ EP with a new EP to welcomingly attack the eardrums very soon. There’s more, lots more from the locality that hasn’t been touched on here that will spring up out of nowhere within the next 12 months, all making exciting original material. It’s going to be a fantastic year, so buckle-in and get ready for some new adventures in hi-fi.

the pouring rain it really sticks in your memory. The cover tal. Ozzy was in top form, well as in top form as he can be! art from that album still gets the chills up when I see it. They certainly don’t make records and album covers like Favourite band/artist? that anymore. I’m not going to surprise anyone here by saying Iron Maiden. You will find it hard to find a Metal band anywhere in the world that doesn’t say they have been influenced What band/singer had the first major impact on by Iron Maiden. The work they put into it is something you and why? I heard Slayer and the rest is history. I was listening to a to admire even if you don’t listen to their music. I judge a lot of (Nu) Metal stuff at the time which was mainly mar- band by the album not the single and the mighty Maiden keted for teenagers and don’t get me wrong I thought it was have never had a bad album, even those two in the mid the best thing ever. That was until I bought an album in nineties with Blaze Bailey as singer aren’t that bad. Replac‘Trash’ in Derry called ‘Seasons In The Abyss’. I got home ing Bruce Dickinson as frontman of a band would be like and listened to it three or four times and was blown away, me going up and sitting in that Space pod instead of Felix sounds stupid but I was kind of overcome with this shroud Baumgartner and doing that jump to Earth. A poison chaltelling me, “this is what I listen to and I don’t care who else ice doesn’t half describe the situation poor Blaze was in. likes it!” And they say there are no subliminal messages So yeah, Maiden all the way for me! in Metal! Favourite album? I’m going to say Queensryche – ‘Operation: Mindcrime’. First concert? Does Tom Sweeney in St Mary’s Boys count? I saw him a I love the concept of the album, the music is unreal and dozen times! My first endeavour to a concert was actually Geoff Tate has one of the best voices around. If you have in Dublin to see Korn, at the RDS if I remember correctly. never heard the album check out ‘Operation: Livecrime’, A friend, Chris, and I were still at school and I remember which is the whole album is played live in its entirety. That not going back after lunch as we had to get a bus that is a real masterpiece. was collecting us, kind of Detroit Rock City stuff. The band were on tour on the back of the ‘Untouchables’ album. Favourite lyric? Puddle Of Mudd were supporting, remember them? “If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man. You win some, lose some, it’s all the same to me. The pleasure is to play, it makes no difference what you say. I don’t share Best concert? I will have to go with the Download Festival in Castle Don- your greed, the only card I need is the Ace Of Spades.” nington, 2005 and the mighty Black Sabbath as headlin- Motorhead – ‘Ace Of Spades’ ers on the Saturday night. It’s still regarded as the original line-up’s best performance in years. It was really some- Favourite local band/artist? thing to behold seeing the four masters up on the stage That would have to be the mighty Triggerman, a band from at the ‘Home of Rock’ playing with smiles on their faces Derry I have been listening to for quite a while. We had and proving that they will never be knocked off that pedes- them up for a show in Dicey’s a few months back which

So much for my rumour from ground control! Regular readers of this column may recall my David Bowie article from October past. If you don’t recall, the general gist of it was as follows: David Bowie has retired, so now is the time to look back at one immense back catalogue of greatness. Fast forward a few months to January 8 when Bowie turned 66. To mark the occasion the birthday boy gave his fans the perfect gift in return – a completely unexpected new single called ‘Where Are We Now?’ and details of a new album titled ‘The Next Day’ to be released in March. As it turned out, Bowie had been secretly working with long-time producer Tony Visconti, the man behind the desk for many of Bowie’s classic albums such as ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, ‘Young Americans’ and ‘Heroes’, and somehow, completely under the radar, which in itself is quite an accomplishment in this age of social media and internet leaks, the new reportedly “rock” tinged album has been finished and is set for release. Well that will teach you all to listen to me! So, in keeping with the consistency of my predictions on Bowie I’m now convinced that he will never, ever go out on a tour that takes in a few Irish dates ever, ever again. So move along Bowie fans, nothing more to see here!!

was a great night. They are all sound fellas as well which does no harm to their credibility, really powerful sound and they can write some great riffs. Bap is a great frontman and he has everything a rock frontman needs to have. Dream interview? That would have to be Mr Dickinson from a little band from East London that go by the name of Iron Maiden. Not only is the man a legend but I’d love to get into his head and ask him some really crazy questions over a cup of tea. Would be funny to be sitting with my favourite singer talking about his interests which are Fencing and being an aviator. So many singers come across as if you need to drink a litre of Jack Daniels and 20 pints of beer everyday to be famous, which is untrue. There has always a level of mystique with Brucie. Going by the lyrics on his solo work there are certainly demons inside somewhere. What gigs are you looking forward to this year? The closet one coming up is Orange Goblin in the Limelight in Belfast on January 27 and Triggerman are supporting so that will be a great night. German band Kreator are playing their first headline show in Ireland in ten years in April in Dublin so I will be heading down to that. They are bringing their 3D stage production with them so that will be interesting. What are you currently listening to? Lots of different stuff. With Twitter I have been in touch with loads of unsigned bands and have been listening to and playing lots of that on my show. Otherwise a bit of Amon Amarth and At The Gates always does the trick in the house. Stoodge’s ‘Full Metal Racket’ show airs on Sunday nights from 10-midnight on www.strabaneradio.com


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The Rollin’ Clones A rockin’ tribute to the daddy of all rock bands. As the Rolling Stones enter their 50th year The Rollin’ Clones celebrate 15 years on the go as the absolute best of all Rolling Stones tribute acts. From Brown Sugar to Paint It Black, Sympathy For The Devil to Satisfaction, all the standards are recreated in loving detail. The Rollin’ Clones are much in demand – blazing a trail through 2013 with a packed diary that includes a 10 date tour of the O2 academies. They deliver a rich feast of masterly musicianship with a generous side order of humour and real affection for their idols. With a back catalogue the size of The Stones to work from the night is never long enough.

Angeles, America thought a hurricane had just blown through. Phil Alvin of the Blasters loved the show so much he jumped on stage and sang along. Prepare for the kind of jolt that’s normally delivered by a lightning bolt as they arrive on these shores in 2013. This is a rockin’ stompin’ 5-piece with Petunia on lead vocals and guitar joined by the 4 Vipers on lead guitar, pedal steel, double bass and drums. Flying in from Vancouver, they kick off this tour with a headline show at the 1000-capacity Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow as one of the main attractions of the Celtic Connections festival. Their unbelievable combination of rockabilly with gypsy flavours, country blues and Tex-Mex rhythms with honest cut to the heart songwriting will leave you enthralled and breathless. “Sizzling - an outstanding experience” - Maverick magazine Fri Feb 8th

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One of Irelands most distinctive and powerful male vocalists. The Balor is delighted to welcome Tommy Fleming – often described as “The Voice Of Ireland” - for a one off acoustic concert that promises to be a very special occasion. Tommy needs no introduction to his legion of dedicated fans. Renowned for his interpretation his unique and powerful style takes standards such as “Danny Boy”, “Isle of Inishfree” and “Hard Times” and makes them his own. He also covers songs from “You Raise Me Up” to “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” and “Something inside so Strong” in a way that you will never have heard them before. Sat Feb 2nd A multi-platinum selling artist and one of IreRaglan lands top entertainers, this is Tommy’s first appearance at The Balor and promises to be A musical fusion of the best of Irish tradi- a very special occasion. tional, folk and classical styles. Thurs Feb 7th Raglan are a newly formed 4-piece from An Grianán Theatre Productions present South Armagh each of which have impressive pedigree in their own musical sphere. The Freedom Of The City Together the bodhran and vocals of Petey by Brian Friel Doran and Stephen McNulty combine with Directed by Sean Donegan Terry Conlon on piano accordion and the classical influences of Joanna Doran on violin and keyboards to create a trad/folk Derry, 1970. Three experience with a difference – the classical unarmed marchers, influence combining with the trad instrumen- find themselves in the tation and vocals to create a truly fresh and mayor’s parlour in the Guildhall after a civil entertaining listening experience. rights demonstration. They launched their debut CD ‘A New Dawn’ Reports and rumours their last September at a packed Armagh Thea- exaggerate tre and Arts Centre. Their Balor debut is one ‘occupation’ and they many gigs lined up for what promises to be a are shot by British soldiers as they leave. very busy 2013. You can sample their music and purchase The play documents their CD A New Dawn at www.raglanmusic. the victims’ final hours and a subsequent tribunal of the inquiry into com their deaths. Admission is free but please ring in advance Wed Feb 6th to reserve your seat.

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Welcome back, hope you are petitive situation on the golf course, and a few That’s what you must do. A key step to improvphrases like ‘need this putt or don’t miss it’ and ing your putting is to improve your attitude. ready for a great season ahead. you have a fantastic recipe for massive tension and muscle tightness. If the only mental skill you learn is the ability Trust yourself in putting: to relax your muscles, you will have at your disposal the potential to TRANSFORM your You may ask yourself, how; I am putting so putting. badly, I just feel I am not going to hole it. When I work with players in putting, I get Mind your body language them to work on a solid preshot routine, which results in developing trust which is key to better putting. “Think back to your best putting “When it comes to saving par with a chip and round ever. I’ll bet one thing; you will recall a a putt, many amateurs shoot themselves in the feeling of complete trust in yourself and your foot before they start. They often play the chip stroke. Those putts didn’t drop in by accident. shot while they are still brooding on the misFor a spell, you believed in your ability to hole takes that caused them to miss the green in the first place. Their state of mind is confused and putts, and you did. Now think back to your worst putting round. anxious. The recovery putt has no chance of Just the opposite, right? Whatever you tried, success. the ball jumped off the blade in whatever In this state of direction took its fancy. You said things like ‘My stroke feels awful’, or ‘Just can’t see the indecision we find it lines today.’ No confidence, no trust. impossible to make You may think trust comes from a perfect technique. Wrong, I guarantee you will putt better a positive, committed purely by developing the ability to trust yourstroke with the putter self. Trust can be learned and developed.

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Continued from front page... Millrace Drama Group from Co. Cavan will get things underway on the opening night with their production of Mark Doherty’s ‘Trad’. Trad, a short but epic voyage, follows the relationship of a one hundred year old Irishman and his father, in a surreal comedy that looks at the value of tradition.

Museum, looted by their butterfly-addicted customers. But their main source of 'income' is holding parties for wealthy clients, in which their wildest fantasies are brought to life. When this play first premiered professionally it set critics at odds with each other, Ridley’s publishing company of ten years refused to publish the play and despite this controversy - or perhaps because of it - the play sold out on its initial run and, by the end, was playing to an enthusiastic young audience. It has since created a cult following of its own, with theatre makers desperate to retell its story and audiences to see the story being told. One critic claims that ‘parts of Mercury Fur will make you think your hearts stopped!’

Saturday night will see Glenamaddy Players from Co. Galway take to the stage with their performance of ‘Moment’, where on a seemingly ordinary evening an Irish family sit down to tea. The difference tonight is that Niall is home, back from prison having committed a dark crime many years earlier with some news to share and a conscience to clear. Deirdre Kinahan's fast, witty and frighteningly real play shows how one terrible moment can change lives irrevocably. Moment takes you on Our final night will see the welcome return of a traumatic journey wrapped up in tablecloth and Castleblaney Players and their production of Vincent Wood’s ‘Song of the Yellow Bittern’. Set, in teacakes. part, against a background of a famous paternity For the third year running we are delighted to have lawsuit taken by a Protestant woman against a Ballyshannon Drama Group return on Sunday 24th Catholic priest in 1828, a story unravels over time, February with ‘Snake in the Grass’ by Alan Ayck- linking events and people over seven generations bourn. A story of intrigue, blackmail and even in a small rural community. Song of the Yellow Bittern is both a love story and a ghost story. murder!. ‘Monday night will see last year’s confined win- This year we are looking forward to welcoming ners, Pomeroy Players, return with their production adjudicator Imelda Mc Donagh (ADA) to Newtownstewart Drama Festival for the first time. of ‘Tarry Flynn’ by Peter Fallon. We welcome back Dromore group St. Dympna’s on Tuesday night, who will take to the stage with J.B. Priestley’s ‘When We Are Married’. In the heart of Northern England, three respectable couples, married on the same day, at the same church, and by the same vicar, join to celebrate 25 years of blissful matrimony. Or so they think... Home truths and revelations make for a great comedy treat.

Nightly tickets are priced at £7 (con £5), Season Tickets are available for £30 (con £20) and our 4 night ticket is priced at £20 (con £15), bookings are now being taken and you can ring our box office on 07510 698404.

Performances will begin nightly at 8pm (final night 7.30pm). Further details on the festival and the pre show meal offer at Ten Square is available at www. With a break on Wednesday we move to Thursday newtownstewartdramafestival.com the 28th February Yellow Moon Theatre Company from Co. Wexford will return with their production ‘On Raftery’s Hill’. In Marina Carr's epic tragedy of rural life, three generations of the Rafterys live together in the midlands of Ireland. More trouble than love in this fine production.

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Strabane Ath F.C. Club Notes advantage of their many chances. With a very youthful squad, Conroy maintains that his team are improving every week and it will only benefit the club as a whole.

Athletics first team had an indifferent New Year period after losing the Pharmacy Supplies League Cup final to Newbuildings Utd by a score line of 4-1. They suffered their third defeat of the season to reigning league champions, going down 2-1 at Melvin Park that sees their chances of trying to secure a league title all but gone. Manager Martin Doherty however remains positive and optimistic and hopes that his charges get back onto the winning trail and finish the rest of the season on a high. “Apart from the final were we never turned up, we dominated the 2 leagues meetings but its goals that count and credit Newbuildings, they were more clinical on the day. I have no doubt that we will bounce back and finish on a high. It’s our first season, we will learn, improve and get stronger”, he stated.

“The lads are enjoying their football and that’s the main thing. They are getting valuable experience and with time I can see a good few of the younger lads progressing into the reserve and first teams. For me that’s what my role in this club is about and I’m enjoying every minute working with them”. Recent match sponsor Damien Caldwell of DC Tyres presenting John Roulston with a cheque.

towards getting themselves out of trouble is detrimental to the results that they have achieved. He hopes for the run to continue over the coming weeks but states that he will take one game at a time.

Upcoming fixtures Due to the adverse weather conditions recently it is best to keep an eye on the clubs website (www.strabaneafc.com), Facebook Recent match sponsor Charles Breslin of All Star Pool Bar page (Strabane Afc) and local press for presenting John Roulston with a cheque. upcoming fixtures as they could be postponed in short notice.

Thanks The club would like to thank all their match sponsors for their continued support in these tough economic times. They would also like to thank all those who sponsored and donated prizes for the club’s Annual Christmas Draw which was a huge success.

SAFC100 Draw

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The fortnightly club draw has continued coats to the managment team. into the New Year. Congratulations to all the winners. 13th Jan: 1st: Raymond Barr (£150), 2nd: Anthony ‘Chin’ Nelson (£75) and 3rd: Kieran Burns (£25). Next draw will have taken place on the weekend of 25th Jan – check the clubs Facebook page for the lucky winners. Strabane Athletic’s JP Gallagher in action in a recent Intermediate game.

The reserve team in contrast are unbeaten in 4 games and have reach the 3rd round stage of the NW Matt Morrison Junior Cup as well as getting off the bottom of the F&W Division 1 table. Paul Doherty’s team are showing the grit and determination that is needed to get results and points at this standard of football. He stated that those that have taken the field over the last number of games are playing with pride and that their attitude

Strabane Ath. F.C Player Profile

Terry Conroy’s NW Saturday Morning team are still fighting away at the top of the Championship and despite only playing 1 game in the last month stay in touch at the top of the table. Their only game resulted in a 1 all draw against a very strong Benbradagh Colts outfit.

Further details to follow over the coming Despite controlling the game from start to weeks as details of new coaches/managefinish and playing against 10 men for a good ment are set in place and training schedules Ronan Mc Anenny of Money Matters presenting the part of the second half they failed to take are announced. SML management team with coats.

Club(s) played for: Too many to list but Drumoghail FC, Mourne Harps, Dergview and of course SAFC to name but a few. Club you support: Liverpool FC – The most successful and decorated club in the English leagues. Favourite Food/Drink: A medium done steak Favourite TV Series/Film: Homeland. Fantastic viewing which I would recommend to anyone Who is your favourite past/present footballer and gaelic player? Zinedine Zidane & Peter Canavan. Both were such influential players for their teams and lead by example; they had outstanding ability with either feet

James O’Reilly (Goalkeeper) Age: 30 Position: Goal Keeper Occupation: Civil Servant

SAFC Youths The club are happy to announce that they have been accepted into the Brendan Keogh Youth league this year again and will be declaring teams at under 16, 14 and 13 for the forth coming season.

Who do you consider to be the best footballer and gaelic Player you have played with and against? With: Ryan Campbell (at Dergview) now at Ballinamallard. He’s lightning quick, strong and knows where the goal is. Brendan McLaughlin on the GAA front. His potential was never utilized fully but he’s strong, skilful and adept in both codes. Against: Gary McCutcheon (Portadown) now

at Crusaders. Fantastic Scottish born striker who has scored goals with every team he’s played for (and I believe there was quite a lot). Peter Canavan or Sean Cavanagh would have to be the GAA players I played against. It’s not a coincidence that they have been Tyrone’s most influential players over the last 10/20 years. What is your fondest memory in football and gaelic to date in a personal matter? Fondest memory in football would be winning championship 2 with Dergview. In GAA would have to be playing against the mighty, star studded Errigal Ciaran in the semi-final of Tyrone’s Senior Championship. You have played at a higher level of football consistently for a number of years with Dergview FC, what advice would you give a young player (male or female) looking to make it to the top? Because the game is so fast these days fitness and a good healthy diet are essential but I think what’s even more important for a young player is to have a good attitude on and off the pitch. If they are willing to listen to their coaches/manager as well as the more experienced players in their team they will only improve and mature

as a player and that goes for both codes (football & GAA). Who do you consider to be the most influential player in SAFC and why? There are a few, but for me it has to be BP (Brian Patterson). A smart, intelligent, hard working and under-rated player in my opinion. When he plays well in the middle of the park we always look like scoring. You represent your hometown in gaelic as well with Sigersons, who do you believe to be the most influential person in your sporting career to date? It would have to be Danny ‘Bomber’ Rouse (RIP). He managed me at both football and gaelic throughout my career (youth and adult). Danny was a great manager but most of all he was a great character who took great pride in managing his beloved Strabane teams (football and gaelic). Gone but never forgotten! What passed local footballer and gaelic player would you have liked to play alongside and why? Adrian Doherty or Gregory Kearney in soccer because I never seen either play but have heard many a story about

them. In gaelic it would have to be Mickey Cunnigham just for the simple reason to see if he was as good a player as he keeps telling me he was. SAFC’s season has somewhat petered out over the New Year period with a double defeat to Newbuildings Utd in a cup final and league. What do you hope for and what would you consider to be an achievement for the team/club this season? I would hope the team would go on to win our remaining fixtures this season and finish at least 2nd in the league which would give us something to build on for next season. As a club I hope we can secure land to build our own ground because the town of Strabane needs and deserves to have a senior club to ensure the talented young players coming through form the schools don’t look elsewhere to play a decent standard of football. Finally, in one word what does it mean to play for your home town football team after being playing further-a-field for most of your career to date? Privileged


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Strabane Golf Round-up - Photos by Tommy Forbes

New Strabane Golf club Captain Ciaran Kelly is welcomed into office by Past Captain Sean MacIntyre.

New Club President Francie Devine is welcomed into office by Past President Paddy O’Kane.

The New Captain is congratulated by new Vice-Captain Senan Roarty.

The winners of the Super-Valu Winter Cup and Leo Kavanagh Cup were Senan Roarty and Paddy O’ Kane with Club Captain Ciaran Kelly.

The runners up in the Winter Cup were Stephen McCay and Kieran Duffy (represented by Patrick Kennedy) with Captain Ciaran Kelly.

The third placed finishers in the Super-Valu Winter cup were Dermott Corry and Sean MacIntyre.

The fourth placed prize winners in the Super-Valu Winter Cup were Brendan O’Neill and Paul O’Neill.

The new ‘Captains Drive’ at Strabane Golf club, Ciaran Kelly and Annette Patton are joined by the new Presidents Francie Devine and Mary Duffy and the new Vice Captains Senan Roarty and Bernie O’Kane. New Club Captain Ciaran Kelly drives in to officially begin his year as Captain.

The winners of the Captains Drive in mixed event were Teresa Casey and Mark Gillespie.

The runners up were Noreen and Oliver McNally.

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