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trabane Athletic are Northern Ireland Intermediate champions. History was made at the arena pitch in Melvin on Saturday, April 6, when over 300 supporters basked in the sunshine and cheered on their local heroes, who wrapped up the title chase with an emphatic 6-0 win over Magherafelt. Jubilant scenes of celebration followed the full-time whistle both on and off the pitch, with the feel good factor in local soccer clearly evident in what was a beautiful family and community friendly day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Proud is what I am,â&#x20AC;? said Athletic manager Eamon Curry after the full-time whistle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only word I can use to describe our first ever league title is proud,â&#x20AC;? he declared. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To win the first ever title for the town is just a great

feeling. When you look at the talent weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had come through the town over the years it has to tell just how talented this group is â&#x20AC;&#x201C; something they proved by making the last 16 of the Irish cup, which is no easy task, so this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t no fluke despite what some people may think.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The boys have bought into training, cared about the project and worked very hard,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so proud and happy for them; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a great bunch. People doubted the team when I came in and told me itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to manage your home town. I have to disagree, even if we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been successful these lads have been a joy to work with and my unbelievable staff would agree. This shows the measure of these players, so fair play to them!â&#x20AC;?

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DCSDC launches bid to become UNESCO Learning City


erry City and Strabane District Council today launched its bid to become a UNESCO Learning City, promoting lifelong learning for everyone. The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor John Boyle, joined partners from the North West Regional College and Ulster University in signing the application, which if successful will earn Derry and Strabane its place amongst UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities. UNESCO is the United Nations Educational,

Scientific and Cultural Organization, which aims to build peace through a coalition of nations committed to a range of international standards promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all. According to Mayor Boyle, the endorsement from UNESCO will further enhance the profile of the City and District. “I am delighted to launch this application today, and to have the support of our local partners in education in this bid. As a Council area we share UNESCO’s values in fostering a culture of learning

and enhancing lives through the promotion of learning on a variety of levels throughout our communities. “These values are at the heart of our Strategic Growth Plan which aims to create the right conditions for social, economic and environmental development which will benefit all who live here.” UNESCO defines a learning city as one that promotes lifelong learning for all, mobilizing resources in every sector to promote inclusive learning from basic to higher education. It

encourages learning in families, communities and in the workplace, enhancing the quality and excellence in learning and extending the use of modern learning technologies. As Northern Ireland’s civic university, Ulster University is grounded in the heart of the community and strives to make a lasting contribution to society as a whole. Supporting this bid Dr Malachy Ó Néill, Provost of Ulster University’s Magee campus, said: “At Ulster, our students and the student experience are at the heart of everything we do and as the number one university in Northern Ireland for student satisfaction we provide globally relevant, research led teaching at state of the art teaching facilities having recently opened an £11million teaching centre on the Magee campus. “We are delighted to support this bid and becoming part of the UNESCO Learning Cities Network would allow us to strengthen and further enhance the city’s capacity as a learning hub and centre of learning excellence.” The North West Regional College supports local young people in finding employment through a variety of learning pathways. Supporting the bid, Principal and Chief Executive Leo Murphy said: “Our aim at NWRC is to enrich lives through learning and to empower students with the skills and education they need to realise their own individual ambitions. Learning comes in many forms and we deliver an extensive range of training, education and skills programmes to enable our students whatever their goals. “To become a member of UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities would reflect the ethos of our college and strengthen our ability to deliver learning opportunities for all. Lifelong learning lays the foundation for sustainable social, economic and environmental development. Studies have shown that lifelong learners – citizens who acquire new knowledge, skills and attitudes in a wide range of contexts – are better equipped to adapt to changes in their environments. Lifelong learning and the learning society therefore have a vital role to play in empowering citizens and effecting a transition to sustainable societies.


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Mayor launches 2018/19 Derry Strabane Sports Awards


ominations are being sought to recognise all those who contributed to a vintage year for local sport after the Mayor this week launched the Derry and Strabane 2018/19 Sports Awards at the Foyle Arena. The annual awards are a jointly hosted by Derry City and Strabane District Council in conjunction with the District Sports Forum and aim to publicly recognise the individuals, teams and clubs that contributed to sport in the Council area over the last 12 months. The winners of the 17 categories will be announced at a gala presentation night at the Fir Trees Hotel in Strabane on Thursday May 30th and Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, urged the public to get involved by submitting nominees. “The Sports Awards are Council’s way of acknowledging and rewarding the remarkable successes and achievements of our local sports

fraternity over the last 12 months. “During my term in office, I have had the honour of meeting hundreds of local sports people and have gained an insight into the hard work and sacrafices they make for their chosen sport. “For a small area we have remarkably high participation numbers in sport and our sports people have achieved notable success at local, national and international level and it is important that we recognise that. “I am pleased that the awards equally recognise the many unsung grassroots heroes in our Council area who give up so much of their time and energy to help others.” Chairman of Derry City and Strabane Sports Forum Seamus McGilloway added: “The Derry and Strabane Sports Awards aim to publicly recognise the individuals, teams and clubs that contributed to sport in the Council area over the last year.

“There is a particular emphasis on underage sport in the categories and the forum is keen to recognise its importance, not only in promoting healthier choices among young people, but also in nurturing the senior sports stars of tomorrow. “This year two new awards, the individual and group active travel categories, have been introduced to reflect its growing importance throughout the City and District.” Categories in this year’s awards include Sports Star of the Year, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, and Club of the Year. To be eligible for the awards, sports persons must reside in the Council area and all nominees must be involved in an amateur status sport that is recognised by Sport Northern Ireland and the Irish Sports Council. Organisations, local sports clubs, schools, youth clubs and individuals can make nominations. The

nominator, nominee, a team representative and a guest will be invited to the awards ceremony and all nominees will receive a certificate. The full list of categories is: Coach of the Year, Community Coach of the Year, Children’s Coach of the Year, Young Coach of the Year, Female Coach of the Year, Disability Coach of the Year, Sports Star of the Year, Young Male Sports Star of the Year, Young Female Sports Star of the Year, School Team of the Year, Team of the Year, Sports Star of the Year with a disability, Special Award, Hall of Fame, Club of the Year, Individual Active Travel Award and Group Active Travel Award. The closing date for nominations is 4pm on Friday May 10th, forms are available from Derry City and Strabane District Council leisure centres and offices or you can download the nomination form at

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...That’s a Wrap for another Year T

he 33rd Strabane Drama Festival concluded in fine style with Wexford Drama Group’s impressive and moving presentation of David Lindsay-Abaire’s ‘Rabbit Hole’. After nine nights of outstanding drama from groups hailing from the length and breadth of the country, the final night, as always, was the night to give out the awards. Ballyshannon Drama Society’s excellent presentation of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ claimed the Best Open Play Award. From the pitch-perfect accents and performances, to the costumes, to the sets and lighting, few would have argued with this as it was indeed one very memorable production of one of Wilde’s most famous works. Knocks Drama Group’s presentation of ‘The Quare Land’ by John McManus was a big favourite of the festival audience, so much so that not only did it claimed the Best Confined Play Award but also took home the Audience

Award. Ballyshannon and Knocks also shared the glory in the respective Best Actor categories, with Ballyshannon’s Terence McEneaney winning the Open section Best Actor Award for his wonderfully uptight performance as Jack Worthing in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, while Marty McManus claimed the Best Actor Award in the confined section for his hilarious performance as Hugh Pugh in ‘The Quare Land’. Newtonstewart Theatre Company took to the Alley Theatre stage on the Wednesday night of the festival with their presentation of ‘Sive’ by JB Keane. As one would expect, it was a packed house that evening and the audience was treated to a very special night’s entertainment. It would have been a great injustice if the production was not among the awards on the closing night. Gillian Mayse rightly claimed the Best Actress in the Confined Section for her performance as Mena Glavin, while Briege McSorley claimed the Best Character Actor for her excellent performance

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as Nana Glavin. The final scene of the play also claimed the Best Moment in Theatre Award, so overall it turned out to be a very successful festival for the local company. Winner of the Best Actress in the Open Section was Jan Cullen for her touching performance as Cait in Gorey Little Theatre’s presentation of ‘Bloomsday’ by Steven Dietz, which opened the festival on March 15. Jan brought a fine balance of humour and tragedy to the part and it was a delight to see her performance celebrated. Ballyshannon’s Sean Donegan claimed the Best Supporting Actor Award for his hilariously snooty and gluttonous performance as Algernon in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ - extra kudos for bearing a striking resemblance to David Cameron throughout! His scenes with Terence McEneaney as Jack were a particular delight, doing a great justice to Wilde’s famous text. It was also a delight to see the excellent production on the closing night getting in among

the awards. Adrienne Meyler claimed the Best Supporting Actress Award for her role as Nat in Wexford Drama Group’s presentation of ‘Rabbit Hole’. There was a bossiness yet a tenderness to her character and she got that across brilliantly, and her American accent was flawless. The impressive set for The Moat Club’s presentation of ‘Push Up’ by Roland Schimmelpfennig claimed the Best Staging Award. Set in the high powered and competitive executive world, the set was a convincing office in a high-rise skyscraper which fully captured the cold, regimental, cut-throat nature of the corporate world. Overall it was another fantastic nine nights of drama. The crowds continue to flock, engage and converse about the rich variety of productions they are treated to during the festival. The Strabane Drama Festival is one of the most important annual events in the district and it is a delight to see it continue to thrive – roll on next year!

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Playtrail’s ‘Tea in the Park’ initiative joint winners of ‘£2k


he Strabane Community Project and The Playtrail’s new ‘Tea in the Park’ initiative have been announced as joint winners of this year’s £2k Social Enterprise Competition run by Derry City & Strabane District Council as part of Enterprise Week 2019. £2,000 from the Council’s ‘Social Enterprise Innovation Seed Fund’ was up for grabs as budding social entrepreneurs from throughout the City & District pitched their creative ideas for innovative projects they want to see get off the ground. Following the Social Enterprise Competition, £1k has now been awarded to ‘Tea in the Park’ and the ‘Strabane Community Project’ to help both groups set up a shop / kitchen and training facilities. Speaking to the ‘Herald’, Strabane Community Project manager Ursula Doherty expressed her delight in receiving the funding and outlined a number of aims and objectives for the Strabane Community Project for the future. “We have embarked on a new Social Enterprise project, a social supermarket and community Café, Trading under the brand name of “Grass Roots” (A foundation for source) working for the community from the ground up,” she explained. “We aim to provide those who are in financial difficulty with an alternative, whether they are in the benefit system or are working on a low income/zero hour contract, or for any other reason find themselves struggling to make ends meet, we will do this by providing a pathway out of poverty, while also providing a range of wraparound services giving the client the tools/advice and guidance to create a better life for themselves and their families.” Services and support on offer includes basic financial advice, budgeting planning, debt advice, food support, fuel Scheme, benefit advice , via Make the Call/Strabane Jobs and Benefits office(outreach in Grass Roots Cafe weekly), holistic/mental health support, back to

employment support, back to work support, volunteering opportunities, healthy Eating practice, work placements, life skills and personal development, skills NW, holistic Therapies (Meditation,reiki, yoga, Thai Chi and Counselling. All listed therapies will be delivered in the new Community Garden in quirky pods commencing May 2019. “This project is about informality and building supportive relationships to reach an end goal that being the development of a better quality of life for our entire client base by working together collectively,” concluded Ursula. The Playtrail’s £1k prize will go towards retrofitting a traditional ‘Horsebox’ with tea & coffee-making facilities which will provide customer service training for a group of 15-20 young people with disabilities who will serve refreshments to visitors at the Pennyburn site. Jennie Marshall from the Liberty Consortium, which delivers programmes for young people with disabilities at The Playtrail, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded £1k from the ‘Social Enterprise Innovation Seed Fund’ which will make such a huge impact in terms of us being able to take this exciting project forward. “Much of the work on the retrofitted ‘Horsebox’ will be carried out by young people with disabilities themselves in partnership with our Fab: Social Project. This will involve using laser cutters, vinyl cutters and 3D printers! This initiative will also provide up to 15-20 young people with the necessary training in customer service, Barista training and cash handling whilst providing a weekly work placement / volunteering opportunity. “The project will also address a gap in terms of us not currently having a shop available on The Playtrail site. Indeed, the new ‘Horsebox’ will ensure families will be able to avail of refreshments and enjoy a full day of outdoor play and activities. “The ‘Tea in the Park’ initiative also aims to

address the limited education and training programmes that are currently available for young people with disabilities. Indeed, it will be great to see the project providing them with the opportunities to build their life skills – not only in terms of developing confidence and increasing their independence, but also helping them become more active members of society!” Danielle McNally, Business Officer with Derry City & Strabane District Council and a member of the four-strong panel who judged the £2k Social Enterprise competition, said: “I was delighted to

judge this year’s pitching competition and hear from the many groups and social entrepreneurs from across the Council area who are interested in developing their new project idea. “Importantly, the ‘Social Enterprise Innovation Seed Fund’ is about rewarding and encouraging creativity, talent and innovative ideas within social enterprise. As part of this year’s prize package both ‘The Playtrail’ and ‘Strabane Community Project’ will not only secure £1k in financial support, but can also avail of business support services from the Council which will help them grow.

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The Rumble - Battle Of The Minds in aid of The Koram Centre and Friends of Knockavoe at The Fir Trees


h e Rumble – Battle Of the Minds was a massive success once again in the Fir Trees last month. The hugely popular charity boxing event this year raised funds in aid of the Koram Centre and Friends of Knockavoe. The grand total raised has been confirmed as a massive £21337! One of the organisers said, “We have exceeded our goal once again. Your support was absolutely amazing. Our primary goal was always to raise as much money as possible. Every single pound of profit went to our charities.

“Once again thank you to our sponsors Masala and O’Neills Sportswear, the Fir Trees Hotel and their staff, everyone who donated to the raffle and bought tickets. Thank you to the corner men, referees and judges, and of course every single brave fighter that stepped through the ropes on the night; You are what made the night possible. This town always turns up when it’s time to support their own. “We know all too well that mental health has become a prominent issue in our town. We wanted to do something about that and just hope now that the people in power take notice of what proper funding can do and continue to help and support our local charities. It could be a mother, a father, a son or a daughter. It can happen to anyone and we hope these funds help to keep providing those vital services. Once again from Patrick, James and Connor thank you to each and every single one of you.”

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In Your Space Circus plans to Take Back the Streets


n Your Space Circus (IYSC) is delighted to be launching a brand new cross-community Street Arts project for the young people of DerryLondonderry, Strabane and Donegal. Teaming up with Jump NI, UV Arts and Create Dance, IYSC is delivering a project involving circus, parkour, street dance and graffiti art, culminating in a city-wide festival in July, celebrating our streets. The exciting Take Back the Streets project will also be aligning with Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Youth 19 campaign, which is set to work with hundreds of young people this year, giving them ownership of awe inspiring arts and cultural events across the region. Take Back the Streets is funded by the PEACE IV Programme, which is supported by the European Union, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland. Welcoming the project, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor John Boyle, said: “I’m sure local young people will be very excited by the launch of this new programme by In Your Space Circus. It will provide another outlet for them to explore their creative talents and learn a diverse range of new skills. “In a year when we’re celebrating our youth culture during Year of Youth 19 this is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get together, make new friends and explore opportunities to participate in public events and be part of the city and district’s dynamic cultural scene.” The festival aims to showcase the city’s young talent, whilst questioning and exploring the ideas of identity, belonging and borders, all relevant topics at this time of uncertainty over our own border. Through the disciplines the young people will get a chance to build friendships, confidence and reclaim the public spaces of the city. It is a completely free project, grounded in good relations themes, and with the North West’s young

talent at its heart, open to residents of DerryLondonderry, Donegal and Strabane districts. Participants do not need any prior experience, but need to come with an open mind and a willingness to get involved and push their comfort zone. This exciting opportunity will span March – September 2019 with a number of workshops, a week-long academy at the start of July, and the Youth Street Art Festival which will showcase all the young people’s work alongside industry professionals. The project is open to all young people aged 12-24,

and in particular we are very keen to reach children and young people who, for whatever reason, don’t get a chance to take part in something like this. Cath McBride, Company Director of In Your Space Circus, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be delivering this project for local young people, and to be working alongside such dynamic and exciting arts-based companies. We anticipate that the project will have significant legacies for those taking part and may lead to further involvement in events and festivals such as Carnival of Colours and Derry-

Londonderry’s Halloween celebrations. We would also aspire for the project to enthuse young people to pursue careers in the arts and the creative industries. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in a future in performance or events, this might be right up your street - it’s going to be a belter!” Spaces are filling up fast - if you have any questions or need more information, contact or please give the office a ring on 028 7137 7113

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Nominations for 2019 North West Business Awards open!


he 2019 North West Business Awards celebrating the very best in business throughout the Derry and Strabane Council areas are now officially open. Organised by City Centre Initiative (CCI) and sponsored by Derry City and Strabane District Council, the 2019 awards are set to take place on Friday, June 7 at the Best Western White Hotel and are now officially open for nominations. This year’s categories and sponsors include; NW Restaurant of the Year-RiverRidge, NW Award for Environmental Excellence in Business - Derry City and Strabane District Council, Contribution to the NW Economy Award- City of Derry Airport & Loganair, NW Hotel of the Year- Dillon Bass, Young business person of the Year- Specsavers Derry-Londonderry, NW Creative Industries Business of the Year-Foyleside Shopping Centre, NW Excellence in Innovation-Allstate, Best use of Marketing, Digital and or Social Media, NW Retailer of the Year Award- JKC Coleraine, Ulster University Excellence in Leadership Award, Best NW Small Business - Power NI, Best NW Large Business –Dalradian Gold, Overall NW Entrepreneur/Business of Year - DCSDC, Visit Derry Ambassador’s Award, NW Business Hero – Derry News and NW Pub of the Year. Speaking at the launch Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle said the awards represent the best in business in the North West and Council’s Business Team was delighted to sponsor the awards to recognise those who have succeeded over the past year and showcase the success of businesses throughout the Derry-Strabane council area. He added: “I am delighted to launch the 2019 North West Business Awards, which provide a platform for local enterprises to celebrate their successes and the growing focus on innovation and entrepreneurship in the North West. As a Council we strive to create the right environment for local companies to develop and thrive and the Awards

celebrate all the great work that is being done on the ground to build on these foundations by our talented and visionary business community.” Jim Roddy, Chief Executive of CCI, organisers of the event, said it was important to reward and celebrate the achievements in business over the past year and highlight what great initiatives and developments our local entrepreneurs and employers have worked hard on over the past twelve months. “The North West Business Awards presents an opportunity to showcase our distinctive North West offering. This year we’ve changed some of the

categories to better represent the changing nature of our businesses and we look forward to receiving nominations, which can be submitted online via the CCI website.” The annual event recognises and celebrates the achievements of local businesses and entrepreneurs, who operate within the Derry and Strabane council area, over the past twelve months and provides a valuable networking and social opportunity for business people. Stephen Gillespie, Director of Business and Culture at DCSDC added: “Council is committed to supporting and growing the local business

industry and recognising and rewarding success is an important aspect of creating a strong and dynamic business profile. We work with many local business partners in a variety of capacities as a Council so this is an opportunity to acknowledge the creativity, drive and innovation that set our local businesses apart.” Further information on the North West Business Awards can be found at the Facebook and Twitter pages @NWBizAwards or at business-awards/

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Places filling up fast for Strabane Lifford Half Marathon


ocal runners are being encouraged to act now to claim their spot in one of the most popular athletics events of the season, the Strabane Lifford Half Marathon. The cross border event returns to local roads in just four weeks time on Sunday May 12th and with entries capped at 1,200 runners it will sell out well before that date. It is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council in association with Lifford Strabane Athletics Club with support from

the Department for Infrastructure, Donegal County Council, PSNI and the Garda. The Half Marathon is being held for a sixth successive year and has developed a reputation as an efficiently run and friendly event to take part in for all levels of runner. With a registration fee of just £23 it is also one of the best value events on the local athletics calendar and that fee includes chipped timing for each competitor, a free event t shirt, finishers’ medal and goody bag.

It is scheduled to act as a preparatory run for the Walled City Marathon in June but many runners also choose it as their first ever Half Marathon after completing the recent Glenmore and Walled City 10 mile events and the Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge. With last weekend’s Omagh Half Marathon out in record time, demand for places in athletics events is at an all-time high so act now to claim your place by registering online.

All Half Marathon entrants must be 18 or over on the day of the race which starts at 9:30am on Sunday May 12th from Meetinghouse Street in Strabane and will finish at the Melvin Sports Complex running track. Registrations for the Strabane Lifford Half Marathon are open now at and will close on April 21st or before that if the quota is reached.

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Fortunato Benavoli brings Summer Beauty to McElhinney’s We have just hosted an enjoyable and insightful Lancôme Masterclass this week with the world-renowned Make-up Artist, Fortunato Benavoli. This was his second visit to McElhinney’s, and it was just a joy to have him back in store with us.


ortunato vast experience covers everything from fashion shows to television appearances. Having worked as lead makeup artist for the BAFTA Film awards and London Fashion Week, he also has worked with many celebrities and influencers. One of the biggest Summer Trends this Season is a no-makeup makeup look – and this was the theme of the night for Fortunato. This look is easy to achieve, the most important part is a clean and prepped canvas to work on. Fortunato worked through a simple 4-step routine that will create a great base to work from. Step 1 – Cleanse: He applied Galatee Confort Cleansing Milk straight onto the skin using hands to massage in and removed a warm flannel. Step 2 – Toner: He explained that not only does it take away residue from cleanser, but it also puts back the pH balance on the skin. This will make your moisturiser more effective. Step 3 – Serum: Serum is so important to use, as it is a double boost for the skin - it increases hydration levels and is also full of antioxidants. He recommended the Advanced Génifique Serum. Step 4 – Moisturiser: Fortunato applied Absolu on top of the serum, the most powerful and regenerating in the Lancôme range, and can be used day and night. Now that the canvas was sorted, he spritzed the skin with the Fix It, Forget It Setting Spray to prep for make-up or suggested you could use Base Pro as a primer as well. Already our model Pauline’s skin was looking radiant with no make-up on.

Now for the make-up look, Fortunato started with the eyes where he applied the Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage concealer around the eyes and onto the cheek area to neutralise colour and take away redness. Next up with a blending brush he applied M104 Matte Shadow over the base. Eye pencil was next, using Soft Kohl shade 022 he advised to draw a line close to the lashes and elongate line at the edge of the eye and then slightly smudge. The bronze shade of the pencil was a softer look than black or brown pencils. Next up was the Oils Booster Primer in order to prep lashes for mascara, which followed with my favourite as mascara, Grandiose. Moving on to foundation, Fortunato opted for 02 Teint Idole Ultra 24hr Wear, which he applied down centre of the face onto the cheek area and blend out to the edge and keep buffing. To contour he used foundation that was 3 shades darker (shade 06) than the skin tone to the hollow of the cheek, hairline and jawline and this was a much softer contour. To give warmth he added a cream blusher 022

Cushion Blush on the apple of the cheek. To complete the look, he finished off with a lip pencil in 290 Sheer Raspberry outlining the lips and paired with Absolu 202 lip gloss applied to the rest of the lip. Fortunato shared some great tips during the night, and our lucky model looked amazing with her natural look. Fortunato will definitely be back in store ladies, so if you missed him this time be sure to get in next time!

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We also announced some very exciting news last week that INGLOT is coming to McElhinneys! We are absolutely delighted to be working with the Inglot team to bring you an amazing launch party, so keep an eye out on our Social Media pages for all the latest information on the Launch Date which will be announced very soon!

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Buncrana Music Festival Returns In June 2019 B

uncrana Music Festival returns to Buncrana’s Shore Front in what is expected to be one of the biggest music event in the north west of the year. A top-class array of Irish talent is on display with organisers, Notorious Events, revealing eight acts so far, including Hudson Taylor, the Hothouse Flowers, the Blizzards, Keywest, and Natty Wailer along with local bands, Lavengro, Don’t Fear the Natives and Town Law, with additional headline artists still to be announced. The festival takes place on Friday June 28th and Saturday June 29 at Buncrana’s scenic Shore Front, and if the weather is anything like last year, we can expect an amazing atmosphere, and all the fun of the sun, sea, sand and sound of fantastic music. Last year’s event was praised for the very safe environment created by the organisers, as well as being excellent value for money. Additional facilities have also been made

available this year, providing a unique glamping experience on site throughout the festival, and for the first time, under 16s can also attend the event, if accompanied by a responsible adult. Each night, the event will also end with a huge fireworks display. Organiser Barry Doherty from Notorious Events was quick to praise the support to date for the festival, adding “the festival continues to grow, and we believe that having an event of this scale is vital for Donegal. We have invested heavily in the past two years to make the event as enjoyable, safe and entertaining as any other festival out there, and no other town can offer the location we have, with stunning views, less two minutes’ walk from the town centre.” “We have been blessed with the support of people and businesses across Donegal, with our sponsorship and fundraising, as well as Donegal County Council, local Gardaí, and other public

bodies and we are very grateful for the grant funding we received this year for the first time, which will help cover the part of the cost of the likes of our stage, fencing and other infrastructure necessary to make the event happen.” “We hope that we’ll attract attendees from all over the country, not just locally, and if we can help grow visitor numbers to the area, it’s a winwin for everyone concerned.” Limited early-bird tickets are on sale now, and the festival is excellent value for money, at only €20 per night per adult, and €10 per night for under 16s, so make sure you get yours quick, as at this price, they will not be available for long. Tickets are available now via the festival’s website,, and also through online ticket outlets Skiddle and Eventbrite, with full price tickets going on sale in the coming weeks. Camping can also be booked online through the festival’s website.

Stendhal - A Celebration of Homegrown and Beyond


tendhal Festival has announced the first batch of acts who will be taking to the stage at the Limavady based, multiaward winning music and arts festival in August. Critically acclaimed and globally renowned DJ duo, Basement Jaxx will be headlining on Saturday August 17 while Friday August 16 will see Hothouse Flowers take to the Stendhal Stage for headlining duties. Also on the bill is a feast of exciting homegrown talent from all over Ireland, the UK and the rest of the world, including; David Keenan, The Lost Brothers, Roe, Mary Coughlan, Ryan Vail and Elma Orkestra, Hunkpapa, Malojian, Amy Montgomery, Marty Mone, Sugarwolf, Cherym, Gemma Bradley, The Swingtime Starlets, Cooks But We’re Chefs, People that listen to the Sky, Blackbird and Crow, Stone Jets, Atticus, Son of the Hound, Bouts, Mob Wife, Sick Love, Transpacifica, BLXXD, I AM MUIR and Molly Hogg. With lots more announcements to come, Ross Parkhill, Director of Stendhal Festival said; “We are really excited how our line-up for 2019 is shaping up. Already we have an incredibly strong programme that is varied, eclectic and of a really high standard and we still have a lot more to announce.” He added: “Basement Jaxx will have the whole of Karma Valley bouncing on the Saturday, there is no question about that. They have a huge catalogue of really well known tunes that will no doubt be a phenomenal way to bring the curtain down on what we are anticipating to be another stand out year for the event. Hothouse flowers are one of the best loved bands to come out of Ireland and have been revered for a generation and they will certainly be a massive crowd pleaser at the festival this August.” Ross concluded: “These acts are of course backed up by an incredibly strong line-up right throughout this first announcement. We have

several acts form the Republic of Ireland who are making big noises across the border, wonderful acts from South Africa and The USA and as always we have the crème de la crème of our very own Northern Irish talent ready and waiting to steal the show. We will be announcing our second and final raft of musical acts and a whole lot more before the end of April, so there is still plenty more to come on what is already one of our finest, if not our very finest line-up to date.” For more information and tickets for Stendhal Festival, visit

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Herald Christmas Strabane Athletic historicCooking win at Melvin

Strabane Athletic players and supporters enjoy historic win on a beautiful day at Melvin


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Herald Christmas Cooking Strabane Athletic

Strabane Athletic striker Sean Ferry scored three of the four goals the win against Ardstraw Utd.

Strabane Athletic 2008, 2011 and 2012 squads who all successfully represented the club recently

Oran McShane is congratulated by colleague Conor Williamson after scoring 4 goals in 11-1 victory over Foyle FC

Strabane Athletic 2008, 2011 and 2012 squads

Strabane Athletic Youth squads

Strabane Athletic U11s who recorded a victory over Don Boscos

Strabane Athletic Youth squads

Trevor Mealiff of Cafe Fresco sponsorship presents John Roulston of Strabane Athletic with the No 22 shirt for this season.

Strabane Athletic 2008, 2011 and 2012 squads

Strabane Athletic Youth squads

Strabane Athletic Youth squads

Strabane Athleticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 squad who drew 4-4 with Ballymoor

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Sion Swifts The weather was kind and we had a great time at the St Patrick’s Day Parade in the Town. We were positioned behind and serenaded by Strabane Brass Band who were brilliant. Thank you to our wonderful kids, their ever supportive parents and our coaches and helpers, we couldn’t do it without you.

Swifts 13 Foyle Fc 1 Another impressive performance with Raver and Gary Duffy on Hat-tricks. Ciaran Slevin, Odhran McCrossan, and Bomber on a brace each plus goals by teenagers Fionn Faherty, Conor O Hagan and Adam Edwards. Pictured is captain Danny Glenn presenting Gary Dufffy with the match ball.

Superb performance by the 2010s against Eglinton Eagles. An excellent 5 goals coming from Kayden Brown , Sean Rouse 1, Lorcan McHugh 1, an overall great performance from the team which showed great pace, passing and defensive work from all boys

Our 08’s played some great football in fabulous weather in the D&D, winning 4-2 against Foyle Harps Colts. Swifts 5 Maiden City 2- A good win and all round performance. A great opening goal from Bomber and a great strike by Gavin O Kane to make it 2-1 to Maiden

Our 2011 group was in action in the D&D with a game against Trojans. The boys scored some cracking goals throughout the game.

Great performance from the 2010s against Kildrum. The boys and girls fought hard throughout second half. Great goals coming from Kayden Brown and Jacob McGavigan.

Well done to all who completed the IFA Grass Roots course in the Bog Hall. Thanks to Kevin Doherty IFA for taking the course and Raymond Upson for organising.

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The under 14 girls took part in the Féile in Greencastle

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Sigersons 1-9 Greencastle 0-11

Sigersons 5-13 Glenelly 2-9 Congratulations to the minor girls who defeated Glenelly

The under-16 boys winter programme in Riversdale has now concluded. Over 20 lads attended every Thursday and played basketball with club stalwart and basketball coach Richard O’Neill. The skills of the sport can be easily transferred to the game of Gaelic and it is hoped that this can progress this talented bunch of lads even further in 2019. Thanks to Aodhán Harkin who delivered the funding through Neighbourhood Health Improvement Programme for this to take place.

Congratulations to Ellie Jay McMenamin who was named Tyrone Under 18 ladies captain for the season

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Vote Raymond Barr

Number One Independent D o you think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting a fair deal? Since the formation of the Super Council - I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, hence my decision to put my name forward for election to Council. Strabane has existed on a lifetime of promises. I feel we need to be strongly represented in council if we are to get what we are entitled to.

t8IZ*OEFQFOEFOU I believe, if elected I would be in a better position to serve the community free from the restraints of being tied to a party, whereby, at the times I might be expected to pursue a course of action with which I might not agree. In the current political climate which exists in the six counties, I cannot see the major parties being able to leave their differences which led to the collapse of Stormont outside the Council Chamber. This in turn will impact on their ability or willingness to engage with political rivals in an objective and productive manner. I was one of those who was excited at the prospect of Derry and Strabane Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amalgamating but so far it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worked. I am definitely of the opinion that Strabane is not getting â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fair crack of the whipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and with government now considering devolving more power to the Councils in the absence of an Assembly, it is even more important we have a strong voice in the council. I feel it is imperative our Councillors demand equality for the town. Take a walk between the bridges in Derry and observe the development that has taken place, take a walk between the bridges in Strabane and draw your own conclusions.

t(SFFO"SFBT1BSLMBOE A major issue in Strabane â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we need a park! Areas that could be developed are the Glen, the Canal, and the river is the jewel in any townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crown and we are blessed with a good one. Walkways with relaxation areas incorporating recreational facilities for children would be so beneficial. The people of the town, young and old, should not have to travel to Derry etc to enjoy a relaxing bit of recreation. t4QPSU3FDSFBUJPO A strong focus should be put on assisting all local sporting clubs/bodies to achieve their aims of competing at the highest level. I welcome the development of Melvin and applaud those who helped expedite it, but, as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said before, we are entitled to it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a bonus we should be told we were lucky to get. We pay rates, more than in some areas, so we are getting WHAT WE ARE ENTITLED TO in this instance. In fact, we should have had it 10 years ago.

t4PDJBM)PVTJOH 3FHFOFSBUJPOPGUIF5PXO $FOUSF There is a distinct lack of social housing in the area. More housing and retail units in the town centre, co-existing side by side, would reinstate the heart of the town. A retail park on the Smythâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mill site would help regenerate the town centre, while at the same time demolishing an eye-

sore which has become a potential risk to health. t4USPOHFS'PDVT0O.FOUBM)FBMUI8FMMCFJOH More localised funding for those with mental health problems, more support for obtaining independence for those with physical disabilities. Too much pressure is placed on families and friends of loved ones who are suffering from these health problems resulting

in further stress, anxiety and worry for the families of the patients. t.PSF'VOEJOH'PS $PNNVOJUZ$FOUSFT These Centres are an important hub of any community, providing recreation and comfort plus practical advice to young and old. A lot of the work is voluntary, adequate is necessary to maintain this very important community service.

t&NQMPZNFOU More needs to be done to attract inward investment. We have a business park ready and waiting. The town has missed out on jobs in the past because of poor decision making in government. This cannot be allowed to happen again. I pledge total support to the Greencastle residents in their struggle with Dalradian to protect the community from the consequences of toxic mining. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to make promises I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deliver on but I will promise 100% genuine, honest commitment to do my best to better the lot of this community.â&#x20AC;? Raymond Barr.



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Holy Cross College News

Congratulations to Caoimhe Barr and Diya Guram, Year 14, were awarded 3rd place for their photograph in the Inter Colleges Media Competition

Year 8 netball team travelled to Derry to play St. Brigids High School. The first half was a close game but the HCC girls pulled away in the second half and finished ahead 15-5

- Congratulations to Year 9 student, Denise Dooher, who picked up a silver medal in the U14 Javelin event at the Ulster Spring Throws Festival in Donegal

Year 8 Ceilidh

- Well done to the Girls U14 Gaelic team who finished in the top two in the blitz having beaten Magh Ene Bundoran. The girls have now qualified for the Cup stages

- Huge congratulations to the HCC Equestrian Team in securing a fine third place in the Bluegrass Horse Feeds Balmoral Qualifyng Competition in Coleraine

Emer Devlin, Year 12, who represented Holy Cross College at the North regional finals of the Junk Kouture competition in the Millennium Forum

Some of the Year 11 students who received attendance certificates for February. Well done to all and to 11KY who received best attendance in the Year group for the second time this year

HCC year 12 Drama students working hard on their practicals. They performed extracts from ‘The Crucible’ and ‘Dream Jobs’

Well done to all year 8s who took part in the World Book Day table quiz

Congratulations to Jack Donaghey who was awarded Silver in the Cadet Male Kumite, IKKU Open/ Tallaght/ Dublin

HCC year 10 boys soccer team who qualified for the NI Cup final following a hard fought 2-1 victory over St Mary’s CBS Belfast

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Herald Motoring

New Peugeot sales outperform in the UK market place


EUGEOT dealers have outperformed the UK new car market so far this year by registering a 3.75% growth in March sales, according to the latest registration figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which shows the UK new car market down 1.85% for the year. The strong sales performance has enabled PEUGEOT to increase its UK market share from 4.13% to 4.37% in March. PEUGEOT’s 2019 March sales have surpassed 22,900 vehicles, with the brand consolidating seventh position in the UK new vehicle market. PEUGEOT’s success is supported by its on-going strategy of achieving strong residual values for its latest vehicles, which protects a customer’s investment better as well as delivering attractive monthly premiums on finance deals. PEUGEOT dealers have also adopted a strategy of focusing on retail and green channel sustainable B2B business and are not forced to pre-register vehicles to boost figures. The year so far has seen PEUGEOT record strong results across all its sectors. Its fleet sales were up in March, with a 4.13% year-on-year growth and a 3.20% UK market share. PEUGEOT commercial vehicles completed the story, with a significant 14% yearly surge in registrations, ensuring the brand is now the third largest commercial vehicle provider in the UK. David Peel, Managing Director at PEUGEOT UK, said: “Three years ago we began restructuring and resizing our dealer network to ensure that

all are ll off our network t k partners t profitable and motivated. We have a clear disciplined strategy to build a solid, sustainable foundation through a responsible trading style that delivers strong residual values. Add to this our award winning PEUGOET range of cars and vans and it’s no surprise to see the results starting to pay off as our brand continues to grow from strength to strength. “In the coming months and years, we are looking to accelerate this momentum with our transition into electric powertrains. As already announced, we will be offering a full electric or Plug in Hybrid variant across our entire model line-up by the year 2023 starting with our first-ever fully electric model, the e-208, that will arrive at dealers later this year.”

Classic Suzuki Track Day returns on 29th June 2019 S

uzuki GB, in association with its Vintage Parts Programme, has announced the return of its hugely successful Classic Suzuki Track Day for 2019, set to take place at Cadwell Park on 29 June and already boasting an all-star lineup of bikes and riders, with more to be confirmed. With the inaugural event hailed as a huge success in 2018, with fully-booked track sessions peppered by with host of famous names including John Reynolds, Mick Grant, and James Whitham, this year’s edition looks set to be even bigger. Welcoming Reynolds once again, the Vintage Parts team is delighted to confirm more legendary names including, Terry Rymer, Phil Read, Steve Parrish, Danny Webb, and Pete Boast, while an all-star machine lineup consists of no-less than four RG500s, two XR69s, one Lucky Strike RGV500, the Team Classic Suzuki Katana race bike and the renowned Vintage Parts restoration collection including the GSX-R750F, GSX-R1100L and TL1000S. On the day track action will be split into four groups – with spaces available for £139 – covering Novice, Two-Strokes, Under 750cc, and Over 750cc. There will also be a number of race bike parades. Away from the track action there will still be plenty to see in the paddock area, with displays from specialists, trade stands and more, including B&B Motorcycles, Suzuki Performance Centre, and Grumpy 1260. Suzuki GB’s Tim Davies, announced this year’s event, saying, “We were blown away by the response and feedback after last year’s event, so we were always planning on bringing it back for this 2019. We’re honestly just a team of enthusiasts ourselves and enjoyed seeing the various bikes on track and around the paddock as much as anyone else. And not only were the track sessions fully-booked, there were even numbers of spectators turning up on the day and lining the track side and wandering the paddock. It was a really special day, and we’re delighted that we’ll again have a number of special guests and famous faces in attendance, all with a rich Suzuki history and plenty of stories to tell. We can’t wait for it to roll around.” To book your space on the day – run in conjunction with Classic Bike Track Days

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