From the ‘Journal’ of September 22, 1989
Back in time to 1892
Builders working on renovations at St Columb’s College, Bishop Street, unearthed a real curiosity this week when they removed a corner stone from the college’s north wing.
Planted in the middle of the corner stone was a time capsule with papers and message of the day.
There were also three newspapers - the Derry Journal, the Londonderry Sentinel and the Derry Standard - all dated June 29, 1892, along with a message from the president of the college, Rev. C. McHugh, which was also signed by the architect EJ Toye and the builder, Joe Colhoun.
The articles were all sealed in a glass bottle with wax and placed in a specially constructed cavity.
Staff at the college now intend putting some modern day notes into the bottle, sealing it again and placing it back into the wall.
The newspapers’ contents reveal the major issues of the day were an impending general election and the land war in Co. Donegal.
All the messages, along with the papers, were in perfect condition.
Field Day set for Guildhall stage
Excitement is running high with members of the Field Day Theatre Company who are putting the finishing touches to “Saint Oscar” ahead of its first performance in the Guildhall.
It’s a portrait of well-known literary figure, Oscar Wilde, and traces his dramatic fall from grace from English high society to trial, prison and, finally, exile in Paris.
It is written by Oxford lecturer and literary critic Terry Eagleton who arrived in Derry this week to watch his play in the final stages of rehearsal.
The cast comprises Stephen Rea (Oscar Wilde), Eileen Pollock (Lady Wilde), Seamus Moran (Richard Wallace), Stanley Townsend (Edward Carson), Peter Hanly (Lord Alfred Douglas), Jim Queally (The Judge) and Aidan McCann (Jamie).
From the ‘Journal’ of September 18, 1964
The Clipper Carlton splits up
After fourteen years on the road, Ireland’s first showband, The Clipper Carlton, has split up.
Five of its members have left to form a new showband, The Santa Fe.
The new line-up will include Mick O’Hanlon (drums), Don Shearer (guitar and vocals), Victor Fleming (trombone), Barney Skillen (guitar and vocals), George Galway (tenor sax, clarinet and flute) and Derry’s Eamon McIntyre (trumpet).
The three remaining Clippers, Hugo Quinn, and the O’Hagan brothers, Art and Fergus, are to form a new Clipper Carlton.
Manager of the new Santa Fe showband is Maxie Muldoon from Limerick.
Dogged Derry could not crack Steaua defence
After a thrill-packed first half, in which Derry City’s all-out offensive had classy Rumanian side Steaua wobbling, the final outcome of this week’s European Cup Winners’ Cup second leg tie at Brandywell - the local outfit going down by two goals to nil - may have been a disappointment to the 10,000 crowd.
Derry went out, beaten by a technically superior, faster, fitter side, but it was a defeat with honour in a game that increased rather than diminished Derry’s prestige as a side of part time Irish League players.
It must be admitted that, in the end, class triumphed. When the Rumanians, having survived that first half Derry blitz, snatched their first goal three minutes after the interval, the tie was lost beyond redemption and the chances of a Derry victory, even in this particular game, quenched.
Derry’s Ideal Home Exhibition
Derry’s Ideal Home Exhibition, revived last year after a lapse of more than thirty years, opens in the Guildhall next week and will run for a week.
The venture was an unqualified success last year and, with that experience behind him, event organiser Raymond Wolseley is confident this year’s expo will be a hit.