From the ‘Journal’ of Friday, July 12th, 1963

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Derry Credit Union is ‘completely outstanding’: The managements of the Credit Union branches in Ireland are the best of any of the thirty countries in which the organisation functions. This was stated by Mr James J. Girvan, New York, a director of the world-wide organisation, who was in Derry this week towards the end of a month’s tour of the organisation’s branches in this country. Mr Girvan, a native of Bessbrook, Co. Armagh, who has given up his holiday to make the trip to Ireland, said he had been very much impressed with the strides the Credit Union was making in Ireland. He had been particularly pleased at the quality of branch managements. They were easily the best in the organisation.

Youth employment committee for Derry: An Area Youth Employment Committee, several of which are to be established by the Youth Employment Services Board, will be based in Derry, the local Education Committee was told yesterday. The Education Committee will have ten representatives out of a total composition of twenty-four.

Students may help with Derry drainage scheme: Derry Corporation is to enlist the assistance of Queen’s University in connection with its £75,000 main drainage scheme at the Waterside, tenders for which have already been invited. The university will be asked to submit and estimate for the construction of a model of the hydraulic jump storm overflow, a scientific method of separating solids from ordinary surface water which the City Surveyor, Mr J.C. McKinder, intends to incorporate into the scheme. The Ministry have suggested that a model should be constructed of the overflow in view of its somewhat novel design.

£1 note in jackdaw’s nest: The well-known Letterkenny chimney sweep, Mr Paddy McGroarty, got an unexpected ‘windfall’ while cleaning a chimney in McCaul’s licensed premises in Lower Main Street. When examining the composition of a jackdaw’s nest which came down in the cleaning, he found a £1 note.