From ‘Derry Journal’ of October 1991

Mary Heraghty, principal, Heraghty School of Dancing, Derry, with her team which won the fairy reel title under 8 at the Ulster Dancing Championships. At front are Christine O'Donnell, on left, and Cliona Curran. At back are Maighread McCloskey, Stephanie Patterson, Lisa Dolan, and Bronagh McGonagle.
Mary Heraghty, principal, Heraghty School of Dancing, Derry, with her team which won the fairy reel title under 8 at the Ulster Dancing Championships. At front are Christine O'Donnell, on left, and Cliona Curran. At back are Maighread McCloskey, Stephanie Patterson, Lisa Dolan, and Bronagh McGonagle.

A look at 1991 in words and pictures

Friel’s ‘Dancing’ a Broadway hit

The Derry City Council delegation which attended the Review of Local Government Boundaries hearing in the city. From left are Councillors Pat Devine, Ken Kerr, Noel McKenna, David Davis, John Tierney and Mary Bradley.

The Derry City Council delegation which attended the Review of Local Government Boundaries hearing in the city. From left are Councillors Pat Devine, Ken Kerr, Noel McKenna, David Davis, John Tierney and Mary Bradley.

Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ has been lauded by New York drama critics which will ensure it a long run on the prestigious Broadway circuit.

Based in an imaginary Co. Donegal town, Ballybeg, but strongly autobiographical - Friel’s mother hailed from the Glenties area - the highly acclaimed play has already received rave notices in both London and Dublin.

‘New York Times’ critic, Frank Rich, one of the so-called “Butchers of Broadway,” who can make or break stage plays, hailed ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ a masterpiece.

A number of other notoriously hard-to-please critics praised the work as “overwhelmingly powerful” with “brilliant acting.”

John Hume presents the Rotary Youth Leadership 91/92 Award to Aoife Reagan, of Thornhill College. Included, at front, are Phil Bredin, Inner Wheel, Frank Laurence, president, Derry Rotary Club, and Patrick O'Donnell, Standard Life, sponsors. At back are other certificate recipients in the city final. From left Lesley Craig (Foyle College), David Forbes (Clondermot High School), Andrew Watson (St Brecan's High School), Derek Lee (youth leadership convenor), Stephen McCauley (St Columb's College), Leanne Bullock (St Mary's Secondary School), and Clare McBride (St Cecilia's Secondary School).

John Hume presents the Rotary Youth Leadership 91/92 Award to Aoife Reagan, of Thornhill College. Included, at front, are Phil Bredin, Inner Wheel, Frank Laurence, president, Derry Rotary Club, and Patrick O'Donnell, Standard Life, sponsors. At back are other certificate recipients in the city final. From left Lesley Craig (Foyle College), David Forbes (Clondermot High School), Andrew Watson (St Brecan's High School), Derek Lee (youth leadership convenor), Stephen McCauley (St Columb's College), Leanne Bullock (St Mary's Secondary School), and Clare McBride (St Cecilia's Secondary School).

Several months ago, the play was performed at Glenties Comprehensive School as part of the Magill Summer School with most of the actors and actresses from the Broadway run taking part.

Brian Friel, a former schoolteacher, was born in the Omagh district, raised in Derry City and now lives in Greencastle in Co. Donegal.

Magee to tackle Polish housing

Magee College in Derry, with support from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, is negotiating with the Polish Government in a bid to set up a programme aimed at tackling Poland’s severe housing crisis.

Tara Hegarty, McConomy School, Derry, winner of the girls' under-14 title at the Ulster Dancing Championships in Newcastle, Co. Down.

Tara Hegarty, McConomy School, Derry, winner of the girls' under-14 title at the Ulster Dancing Championships in Newcastle, Co. Down.

Such a move would put Magee’s acclaimed housing studies degree in the international map.

The University of Ulster’s local campus forged links with the East European country several months ago when it became apparents Magee’s housing expertise could play a major role in overcoming Poland’s acute housing shortage and a lack of proper accommodation.

Radio Altnagelvin goes ‘on air’

Derry is to get a new radio station when ‘Radio Altnagelvin’ goes on air.

Tony Craig, kneeling front right, Harvest Store, Culmore Road, donates a hamper to Jeremy Thatcher, manager, Culmore Youth FC, to be raffled as part of the club's fund-raising efforts to provide training facilities for young people in the area. Pictured are club members Barry Lynch, Martin McColgan, Ronan Lynch, Rory Galligan, Aaron McArt, Donald O'Doherty, Robbie Darcy and Tony Craig.

Tony Craig, kneeling front right, Harvest Store, Culmore Road, donates a hamper to Jeremy Thatcher, manager, Culmore Youth FC, to be raffled as part of the club's fund-raising efforts to provide training facilities for young people in the area. Pictured are club members Barry Lynch, Martin McColgan, Ronan Lynch, Rory Galligan, Aaron McArt, Donald O'Doherty, Robbie Darcy and Tony Craig.

The BBC’s Gerry Anderson will host the first programme.

Andy Barr, Danesfort Crescent, dressed as British PM John Major, gets a ticket from 'traffic warden' Jennifer O'Kane, Springvale Park, at the Halloween celebrations in Derry city centre. Looking on are Noelle McElhinney, and Carmen O'Kane, Springvale Park, Paula Moore, Carnhill, and Claire Gibson, Springvale Pk.

Andy Barr, Danesfort Crescent, dressed as British PM John Major, gets a ticket from 'traffic warden' Jennifer O'Kane, Springvale Park, at the Halloween celebrations in Derry city centre. Looking on are Noelle McElhinney, and Carmen O'Kane, Springvale Park, Paula Moore, Carnhill, and Claire Gibson, Springvale Pk.