From the ‘Journal’ of Friday July 22, 1988

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University honours for Padraig: Derry student Padraig O Mianain has become one of the first home-educated pupils in the Six Counties to attain university status. After a primary and secondary education by his parents, Prionsians and Rois, he sat a university entrance examination for the University of Ulster and was successful in attaining a place on next year’s Humanities degree course. Padraig O Mianain’s father has claimed that his son, with their three other Irish language speaking children, have been educated along the lines of the all-Irish hedge school, which was outlawed in the 17th century. He was educated in a unique development, depending entirely on their own intellectual and financial resources and without any teaching or academic qualifications. They have taught their children Irish, French, Latin and music as well as the more normal subjects (excluding English) up to university standards.

Derry demands funding for amenities projects: Derry City Council is to meet with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Mr Tom King, in a bid to obtain funding totalling almost £17m for various amenities projects in the city. A special meeting of the Council was called following the recent announcement by the Department of Education that the government would be providing no further funding for the Council’s recreation, sporting and cultural facilities for the next financial year. This has hit plans to build a regional museum and a city centre cultural complex.

Bishops meet King: Bishop of Derry, Dr Edward Daly was among a group of Catholic Church representatives who met Secretary of State, Tom King, for talks on proposed education reforms. The Church delegation was led by his Emminence, Cardinal Tomas O Fiaich, Primate of Ireland, in an hour long discussion with Mr King and the Education Minister, Dr Brian Mawhinney.