From the Journal of February 17, 1989

Members of the Oak Grove Ceili Club, winners of the All Ireland ceili dance championship held in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin. (1402MM02)
Members of the Oak Grove Ceili Club, winners of the All Ireland ceili dance championship held in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin. (1402MM02)

Major row on future of Eglinton airport: A major row broke out between the SDLP and Sinn Féin in Derry over the possible allocation of a £300,000 grant from the Ireland Fund for Eglinton Airport. SDLP councillor Pat Devine slammed as “unbelievably negative and hypocritical” a suggestion by Sinn Féin’s Colr. Mitchel McLaughlin, that the money would be better spent on social and cultural amenities for the city, and claimed that the airport was a necessary part of Derry’s development and a sound investment for the future. However, defending his party’s stance on the airport, Colr. McLaughlin said Sinn Féin was not and never had been opposed to the concept of a viable local airport. He believed, however, that the airport could turn out to be a white elephant since no one was yet in a position to indicate if and when the facility could become viable.

Council call for a ‘nuclear free’ Ireland: Buncrana Urban District Council is to call on the Government to declare the whole of Ireland, including its territorial seas, a nuclear free zone. The Council is also to call on the authorities for nuclear submarines “operating most dangerously in Irish waters,” and NATO surveillance planes using Irish air space, to desist from doing so. The move follows a proposal from Colr. Eddie Fullerton at last week’s meeting of the Council. The motion received widespread support although Fianna Fail councillor Brid Bonner urged the Council to seek all information possible before making such a decision.

New school for Culmore: Northern Ireland Education Minister, Dr Brian Mawhinney, announced this week that Hollybush Primary School, at Culmore in Derry, is to be replaced within the next two years by a new £600,000 school complex at Arden Road, just over a mile from the present site. The Minister visited the school and said work would get underway within the current financial year.

Council call for a ‘nuclear free’ Ireland: Buncrana Urban District Council is to call on the Government to declare the whole of Ireland, including its territorial seas, a nuclear free zone. The Council is also to call on the authorities for nuclear submarines “operating most dangerously in Irish waters,” and NATO surveillance planes using Irish air space, to desist from doing so. The move follows a proposal from Colr. Eddie Fullerton at last week’s meeting of the Council. The motion received widespread support although Fianna Fail councillor Brid Bonner urged the Council to seek all information possible before making such a decision.

Singing star Daniel O'Donnell plants an ash tree at Altnagelvin Hospital to launch the national no smoking day campaign. On left are Sheila Gillespie, nursing officer, and the Mayor, councillor Anna Gallagher, and third from right, Frances McReynolds, health edication officer WHSSB. (1402MM03)

Singing star Daniel O'Donnell plants an ash tree at Altnagelvin Hospital to launch the national no smoking day campaign. On left are Sheila Gillespie, nursing officer, and the Mayor, councillor Anna Gallagher, and third from right, Frances McReynolds, health edication officer WHSSB. (1402MM03)

New school for Culmore: Northern Ireland Education Minister, Dr Brian Mawhinney, announced this week that Hollybush Primary School, at Culmore in Derry, is to be replaced within the next two years by a new £600,000 school complex at Arden Road, just over a mile from the present site. The Minister visited the school and said work would get underway within the current financial year.

Science teacher Des Newtown pictured with a group of students at a microbiology section of the science fair at Carndonagh Community School. From left; Finola Doherty, Angela McCarrk , Sean Kelly and Margaret Molloy. (1402MM04)

Science teacher Des Newtown pictured with a group of students at a microbiology section of the science fair at Carndonagh Community School. From left; Finola Doherty, Angela McCarrk , Sean Kelly and Margaret Molloy. (1402MM04)

Group pictured at rehearsals for the musical 'Oklahoma' staged by the Carn Musical Society. From left; Vera Butler, Kathleen Morris, Liam Galbraith, Kathleen McEleney, Bernie Casey and Albert Doherty. (1402MM05)

Group pictured at rehearsals for the musical 'Oklahoma' staged by the Carn Musical Society. From left; Vera Butler, Kathleen Morris, Liam Galbraith, Kathleen McEleney, Bernie Casey and Albert Doherty. (1402MM05)

The Mayor of Derry, Colr. Anna Gallagher, greets Dave Battye, National President, National Association of Schoolmaster/Union of Women Teachers, whe he visited the Guildhall. Also included, Tom McKee, full time official. (1402MM01)

The Mayor of Derry, Colr. Anna Gallagher, greets Dave Battye, National President, National Association of Schoolmaster/Union of Women Teachers, whe he visited the Guildhall. Also included, Tom McKee, full time official. (1402MM01)

Fr Michael Collins, St Columba's Church, Long Tower, being presented with the completed survey of headstone inscriptions of the chapel graveyards, by Kyran Coyle. left, Irish World. Also included is Sean McDaid, Irish World. (1402MM06)

Fr Michael Collins, St Columba's Church, Long Tower, being presented with the completed survey of headstone inscriptions of the chapel graveyards, by Kyran Coyle. left, Irish World. Also included is Sean McDaid, Irish World. (1402MM06)