DURING the week, I tweeted: “To those tweeting ‘Thank you Sir Alex,’ as though you have shared some heroic adventures, it is worth remembering he is a complete stranger.”
A number of articles have appeared in the ‘Derry Journal’ recently in relation to the Magee campus. One by former vice-chancellor Gerry McKenna highlighted the commonly-held view that progress on the physical, student number and subject-based expansion of the Magee campus had stalled in the last few years.
It can be hard to access the pace of change when it is happening on your doorstep.
I have always wished that when you decided you were finally, definitely going to lose weight and get fit, a magical weight loss and get fit fairy would appear, perhaps grill you on your intentions and, if they deem you genuine, magic off a couple of stone.
It was the first birthday of my nephew otherwise known as golden child during the week.
We don’t get it, do we? The idea of separating church and state, that is. North and South we’ve made the same mistake over and over again. So why don’t we learn our lesson? The churches are entitled to make up their own ‘rules’ and to encourage people to stick to them.
The trouble with people is that they can’t be relied upon to be stupid when you really need them to be stupid. They’re happy enough to play along with appearing stupid when they don’t care or when their personal interests aren’t being threatened.
Have you seen the TV programme with Kevin McAleer travelling from Tyrone to visit Ulster/Scots folk in Antrim, Derry and Donegal? It’s called, Our Friends in the North.
Once upon a time, a small country was divided into two.
It was while perusing Birmingham’s local newspaper, ‘The Post’, that I chanced on last week’s news of the University of Ulster’s investment in that city - in contrast to its lack of investment in Derry.
Browsing through back numbers of the Birmingham Post, as you do, I came across the headline: “New University of Ulster campus brings £6m boost to Birmingham’s economy.”
I am afraid things are getting no better for some of the suits whose manoeuvring in relation to City of Culture has been in contrast to the brilliant work of people on the ground actively delivering the programme.2 comments
You might not be surprised to learn that I’ve never met either Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Aniston. I don’t think either of the Hollywood A-Listers have ever been to Derry - and I’ve certainly never been to the wacky world of Los Angeles.1 comment
There’s a picture doing the rounds on Facebook which instantly makes me laugh no matter how many times I see it.
Last Saturday we decided, on the cuff, to go for a family day out.
Dear Reader, before I continue with extolling the virtues of the Biggest Loser programme I have a confession to make.
I never imagined in my life that I would find myself power walking up Southway. Southway is not somewhere a sane person walks up. In fact I get the head staggers driving up it - but nonetheless on Tuesday night I found myself, along with 100 other Losers beating a trail up one of Derry’s most unforgiving hills.
When I agreed to do Biggest Loser I thought of many things. I wondered could I make the time commitment - given that I have two young children, a full time job and another book on the way. I did some super-mammy juggling and was able to arrange time to go to the classes.
Derry Journal reporter Catherine Doran was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2009. In the four years since she has actively campaigned and aimed to raise awareness of the condition which affects one in 500 people across Northern Ireland. She travelled to Stormont on Tuesday to mark MS Week.
Is ionann iad dán agus amhrán go minic i dtraidisiún na nGael. Ciallaíonn ‘chuala mé ceol’ ‘chuala mé amhrán’ nó ‘chuala mé dán’. Deirimid ‘Dúirt me amhrán’, ar ndóigh. Is féidir le haithris filíochta a bheith chomh héifeachtach le hamhrán.
Bhog Donncha Ó hÉallaithe ó Bhaile Átha Cliath go Conamara 40 bliain ó shin. ‘B’í an Ghaeilge a mheall mé le bogadh amach as Baile Átha Cliath,’ a deir sé san eagrán
Rugadh Séamus Ennis, píobaire, amhránaí, bailitheoir seanchais agus craoltóir ar an 5 Bealtaine 1919 i bhFionnghlas, Contae Áth Cliath.
Ba mhaith le Gaeilgeoirí Dhoire agus an cheantair máguaird comhghairdeas a dhéanamh leis an Ardeaspag nua, Eamon Martin.
Beidh a lán ranganna do dhaoine fásta ag críochnú i gceann cúpla seachtain: ansin beidh bearna ann agus is minic nach mbíonn foghlaimeoirí ábalta úsáid a bhaint as a gcuid Gaeilge go dtí tús an chéad téarma eile. Ar an drochuair, ní cuid de shaol an uile lae príomhtheanga na tíre seo.
I have always found it difficult to say no fundraisers involving charity, especially for those organisations in the City which had made a major impact upon the lives of the local community.
There aren’t many people in this corner of the world who won’t in the last year or so have read about Oscar Knox. Wee Oscar, as he’s become affectionately known, is just that. A wee boy, who was diagnosed with a serious, potentially fatal form of childhood cancer in 2011.
The long-awaited shared future strategy outlining the Executive’s plans to deal with our divided society was published yesterday and has already generated considerable comment.
At the weekend thousands of revellers packed into pubs, clubs, public spaces and many other venues across the city for the successful City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival.
One of the most commonly used words in any discussion on society or politics in the North is surely equality.
It is no exaggeration to say that, in recent years, some of the Goliaths of Derry’s proud built heritage have disappeared like ether.
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Monday 20 May 2013
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